As planned in 28th October I decide to visit for the analysis and writing of my exhibition review, my favorite museum in London, a place where every thought vanish, where everything is admiration, celebration and love, a place where you can feel in the middle of history, of painting and of the Greatest Artists from the 13th to 18th century: The National Gallery.
The National Gallery is an art museum in Trafalgar Square in London. Founded in 1824, it houses a collection of over 1,200 paintings. Its collection, that is one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of Western European painting, belongs to the public of the United Kingdom. The site in Trafalgar Square was chosen for its central location, accessible to both the rich West London and the poorer communities of the East End. The entry to the main collection is free. “The Gallery continues to ensure that the widest possible public can enjoy the painting”. For this reason everyone would support the museum, can find at all entrance the donation boxes.
The National Gallery is the fifth most visited art museum in the world, so the audience is always very high. Here, everybody can enjoy the most major developments in Western painting from Giotto to Cézanne, from Caravaggio to Monet. The collection is arranged in 66 different and wide rooms, so the visitors have a good freedom of movement and can use the Map following the exhibition itinerary developed in three of five Levels of the buildings (the remaining Levels are dedicated to the Theatre and the Temporary exhibition).
However, I observe that the most popular paintings, that belong to the Impressionism, are sited in smaller rooms and the inconvenient problem is the crowd. No-one stand the queue and a copious number of voices prevents to admire in tranquillity and silence the incredible works. In respect to these rooms, in others this problem doesn't exist, because there is enough space to permise the correct view of paintings. On my opinion, the lighting is weak and unsuitable because it doesn't permit a good vision.
The building’s architecture is fascinating and the heights are overwhelming. The audience has the possibility to use over 50 hours of in-depth audio commentary at a low price. New and encouraging is the “Family and School drawing material” made available by Education Department, that gives the opportunity to stimulate the children's interest to art and drawing, observation and entertainment.
In general I love every paintings of the Nation Gallery but in particular my favorite room is the number 33, where two famous paintings of Diego Velázquez are sited. These are ‘The toilet of Venus’ and ‘Christ after the Flagellation’. Here, I spent three hours for figurative drawings of these incredible works of 17th century.
I advice to everyone to visit this museum because it is an astonishing back in time for every art lover, the place where each image seen in a book becomes real and where the artists names become solid brush strokes.