History of Art Study Day
Over forty of the Lower-Sixth art historians enjoyed a study day in London on Wednesday 13th February under the bright early spring skies.
An early departure maximised the opportunities of the day, and we were among the first visitors to the National Gallery when its doors opened. After a plenary session in front of Holbein’s Ambassadors, the party split into three groups, led by Mrs Scott, Mrs Woodford, and Dr McKeown, and went off to consider in detail works by Fra Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Gentileschi. Cortona, Rembrandt, Avercamp, Cézanne, Monet, Seurat, Van Gogh, and others. We then moved on to Victoria Tower Gardens to see Rodin’s Burghers of Calais (pictured) and from there to Tate Britain.
In addition to seeing its permanent collections of Turners, Constables, Pre-Raphaelites, Modernists, et al, some pupils opted to visit the harrowing exhibition of Don McCullin’s photographs, a potent instance of the image’s ability to hold a mirror up to society.
Dr Simon McKeown
Head of History of Art