Fri, 30 Dec 2011
The Da Vinci Queue

Up early to Trafalgar Square (8:30) and thinking maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to get in and see the Leonardo exhibition on at the National Gallery, Painter at the Court of Milan. Sadly, it was not to be.

Turning the corner and seeing a very long queue snaking around the building made me snap back to reality. I half-heartedly joined the end and waited a few minutes. However, some staff were walking down the queue saying that there were "no tickets" and that we would not get in, so I gave up and went to the Wallace Collection again instead. I might try Leonardo one more time in January.

In the meantime, the Wallace is a great collection of lots of stuff. Including paintings, furniture, porcelain, ceramics and medieval armour. A particular emphasis on pre-revolution French art.


Portrait of Madame Perregaux, Elizabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun (18th C)

Madame Perregaux was reportedly very pleased with this portrait because it was very flattering. I like it as well, the eyes are almost twinkling.


Detail from Standing Bowl: Lucretia. Urbino District, Mid-16th Century