The Courtauld Gallery's new exhibition is devoted to the subject of 'artists at work'. As well as showing scenes of the artists at work -- perhaps just a little figure sitting in a landscape -- they also depict the artists' own studios, recording all the clutter, casts and human models that make up an everyday studio.
Art historians have pondered the meaning behind the pictures: were they a way of elevating the status of the artist? A way to show off their intellectual knowledge and skill? Or just a pure piece of visual art?
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Craig’s review – “When people sit at home planning their itinerary they usually pencil in an hour or two for a gallery (they have to squeeze in a bit of culture), but it's usually the National or Tate Modern. That's enough art for most people. They don't want to overdose on it. But if you're seriously into paintings then here's a tip from me: the best ones to visit are the National Gal… continued”
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