Wednesday, April 05, 2006

National Gallery

I spent the afternoon in the National Gallery wandering around looking at all the famous paintings. There are quite a few there, but my favourite (which being a religious painting - even to me seems odd) is the Madonna on the Pinks painting by Raphael from the 15th century. It’s actually quite a small painting but the detail is incredible, and the warmth that is conveyed between the mother and the child is just amazing. As for a period my favourite was the Dutch painters from the 16th century, of course which includes Vermeer. The most memorable would have to be Peter Paul Ruben’s Baroque painting the Massacre of the Innocents, which is a very large and haunting piece. I am sure I looked at it for at least 5 minutes.

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