There is something thrilling about being surrounded by original masterpieces some of which I have been studying in books for years. Yes you can see some of this stuff on the web, but that experience only goes so far.
Below are a few of my shots from inside the National Gallery.
|The Toilet of Venus by Diego Velazquez|
|The Immaculate Conception by Diego Velazquez|
|A wall of Velazquez paintings|
|Detail of Philip IV hunting Wild Boar by Diego Velazquez|
|A wall of Rembrandt paintings|
|The National Gallery London on a Friday evening.|
Of course you cannot go to the National Gallery London without marveling at (for the better part of an hour) some of the quintessentially British paintings in the collection:
|The Fighting Temeraire by JMW Turner|
|Detail of The Fighting Temeraire by JMW Turner|
|Dido building Carthage by JMW Turner|
|The Hay Wain by John Constable|
Whenever I am in one of these places I always fantasize about living in there for a week straight. I would have all the basic necessities of life - superior fine art, food, clothing, shelter and wash rooms. What could be better?