Category Archives: Art

Annie Swynnerton

I forgot to say that, while I was in Manchester, I went to the art gallery and came across an exhibition of paintings by Annie Swynnerton (1844-1933). Some were familiar, but it was fascinating to see so many together, to … Continue reading

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The Gemäldegalerie

A sigh of relief when I discovered that the usual home of this art collection is closed for the next few years for restoration and that not all the paintings have been re-homed in the Theatermuseum. Phew! I went on an hour-long … Continue reading

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Preston

To Preston on Saturday for a visit to the Harris. The Stanley Spencer has returned, and the other paintings have been re-arranged. Some were missing, but there was one that I can’t recall having seen here before – A Musical … Continue reading

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More Venice

Today has been so cold! It was exciting to wake to a white-coated Venice; the snow had fallen softly and evenly during the night, but it was below freezing in the morning  and the trodden-down snow very quickly turned to … Continue reading

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Venice today

Things to remember: Important dates ca. 450 – first settlers, fleeing from the forces of Attila the Hun. 829 – body of St Mark stolen from Alexandria and brought to Venice. 1202-04 – Fourth Crusade, led by Doge Enrico Dandolo, … Continue reading

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Manchester art gallery

A visit to check on William Holman Hunt’s “The Shadow of Death” after seeing it in Leeds art gallery on Wednesday. As I thought – Manchester has the large original and Leeds has a smaller, later version. I also spent … Continue reading

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Leeds Art Gallery

I spent an enjoyable hour wandering around Leeds art gallery after lunch. I looked round the Victorian gallery more quantitatively than qualitatively: most paintings were on “home-grown” themes – Lady Godiva, landscapes, scenes from Victorian life – but the others … Continue reading

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