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Antoine Caron: Drawings for Catherine de' Medici – Courtauld Gallery London
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The Courtauld Gallery is No.3 in our list of London’s best galleries.
The Courtauld Institute of Art was founded by Samuel Courtauld in 1931, as an adjunct to the University of London.
The idea was to provide the university with a collection equivalent to the famous museums of Oxford and Cambridge – the Ashmolean and Fitzwilliam.
Courtauld started the ball rolling by bequeathing his entire art collection to it upon his death, as did several other notaries – Robert Witt, William Spooner and Viscount Lee of Fareham.
The Courtauld soon gained a notable reputation, and now houses one of Europe’s finest collections of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings with works by Cézanne, Seurat, Gauguin and Monet.
The stand-out pieces are Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with a Bandaged Ear, Monet’s Autumn at Argenteuil, Manet’s Bar at the Folies-Bergère and Botticelli’s Trinity with John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene.
The gallery’s premises were augmented in 1991 when it moved from Portman Square to the refined surroundings of Somerset House.
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Antoine Caron: Drawings for Catherine de' Medici to Courtauld Gallery London
Artists at Work -- Courtauld Gallery to Courtauld Gallery London
If you enjoy this then try: National Gallery (walk it in 12 mins or catch a train from Temple to National Gallery); Royal Academy of Arts (walk it in 20 mins or catch a train from Temple to Royal Academy of Arts); Somerset House (you can walk there in less than 1 min); Tate Britain (walk it in 30 mins or catch a train from Temple to Tate Britain) and Wallace Collection (catch the tube from Temple to Wallace Collection).