On Monday 30 January, the UVI History of Art class visited the National Gallery in London. It was a wonderful opportunity to see the works the girls have been studying in the classroom. This year, the History of Art course has focussed on the study of 16th and 17th century Italian painting, so the group headed straight for Raphael (Pope Julius II), Michelangelo (The Entombment), Bronzino (An Allegory with Venus and Cupid), and Titian (Bacchus and Ariadne). After enjoying cake and coffee in the gallery café, the tour of the gallery continued, with stops at Holbein's The Ambassadors, Rembrandt's Self Portrait, and Velázquez's The Toilet of Venus.
The day trip was a lovely taster for the week-long History of Art trip to Florence and Rome which will take place at the start of the Easter holidays. In a couple weeks' time, the LVI History of Art group will also venture to the V&A, the Courtauld Gallery, and the National Gallery to develop their visual analysis skills and to enjoy a closer look at further paintings and sculptures.