National Gallery review (Sep 2011)
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Normally when I go to a gallery I just wander around aimlessly for an hour looking at a few big pictures here and there, stopping to read a few of the name tags, and end up missing out most of the good stuff. So when I went to the National Gallery today I decided to do a proper job and get the map and audio guide.
It began with the earliest stuff in the Sainsbury Wing (13th-15th century), where you had a lot of golden altar pieces and pictures of Christ being strung up and angels and saints looking sad and depressed. Then it was on to the better stuff -- pictures by Raphael, Michelangelo, da Vinci, Holbein and Titian.
After that it gets to the busy bit -- where they hang all the Turners and Constables. They've got quite a few famous ones that even I recognised -- 'The Hay Wain' and 'The Fighting Temeraire'. Turner is another one of those painters who I think is a load of rubbish until I see one of his decent ones, and then I think he's amazing. Some of his sunsets look like a kid has done it by scratching paint with a bald brush, but if you see the one with the boats rocking about on the stormy sea then it's almost like it's been painted by another bloke.
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