News Sixth Form Art History Students visit the National Gallery 25.01.2024

Last Friday Sixth Form History of Art students visited the National Gallery for a tour of key paintings in the permanent collection from the Renaissance to the 20th century.

Accompanied by Dr Williams and Dr Goodall, they inspected, discussed and documented aspects of paintings that can only be appreciated in front of the real art objects, such as the reflection of light off the textured gold-leaf surfaces of Renaissance altarpieces, the effects of impasto brushwork in J M W Turner’s later oil paintings, or the monumental scale of paintings like Seurat’s ‘Bathers, Asnières’ (pictured).

Both years were excited to see paintings familiar from their taught units on Nature in Art, the Italian Renaissance and Modernist art.