London’s National Gallery possesses the finest collection of Italian Renaissance paintings outside Italy. Unlike most other national collections in Europe, it was formed (over nearly 200 years) by connoisseurs and art historians rather than princes and nobles whose less discerning eyes allowed the admission of a proportion of second- and third-raters. There’s no dross on show in Trafalgar Square.
While most paintings commissioned in the 15th and 16th centuries were of a religious nature, the call for portraits and mythologies speak of the burgeoning humanistic interests of patrons. Meaning, context, scale and innovation and what it was that marked out images by the great masters in this period will all be considered.
There are four sessions in the galleries of approximately an hour each. Between the sessions there are leisurely adjournments for refreshments. With no more than twelve in the group, radio guides to eliminate problems of audibility, and the presence of an MRT staffer to oversee the arrangements, this should be a highly agreeable and efficacious way to enhance your knowledge and appreciation of Renaissance painting.
Start and finish
Start: 10.15am, National Gallery, Sainsbury Wing. Finish: 5.15pm.
£175. This includes lunch. Morning and afternoon refreshments are independent (quicker and easier).
Maximum 12 participants.
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