Category: Art

The Wallace Collection – Historic Art Collection, London

Where to begin talking about the Wallace Collection? Housed in Hertford House on the picturesque Manchester Square in central London, it is home to thousands of beautifully curated items. From delicious Rococo chairs to internet famous Laughing Cavalier, this collection is as varied as it is impressive. The Wallace Collection is a national museum which displays the wonderful works of art collected in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess. It was bequeathed to the British nation by Sir Richard’s widow, Lady Wallace, in...

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The Paper Museum – Excellent Exhibition, Barber Institute, Birmingham

One of the benefits of living in Harborne is one’s proximity to the University of Birmingham. The beautiful campus, overbearingly phallic clock tower, expansive green spaces and exceptional art galleries make for a fabulous day out. I’m not sure the students feel the same way, but I will allow myself a rose-tinted view as I am, after all, colour blind. Currently on show in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts is a collection from Cassiano dal Pozzo’s illustrations. These were among the first documented anatomical and architectural depictions in history. They make for fascinating viewing and I cannot recommend...

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Mechanical Art and Design Museum – MAD Experience, Stratford-Upon-Avon

When I asked Shaun at the counter how long this fine establishment had been there, I was astonished to discover MAD was in its 7th year of existence. Having been to Stratford on numerous occasions, I never noticed this slice of mechanical heaven nestled in the bustling Henley Street, at the heart of this quaint town. If you’re not quite sure what mechanical art is all about, think of the machines and gizmos used in Wallace and Gromit, Scrapheap Challenge and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In a nutshell, mechanical art is usually beautifully crafted, moving sculptures either made to...

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Santa Maria Della Vittoria – Iconic Church Barberini, Rome

Where to begin? S.M della Vittoria has to be in my top 4 churches in Rome, perhaps even my top 7 of all time. Those of you who have ears will have heard my podcast on heaven’s inherent contradictions. The cover photo for that most enjoyable podcast post was a Bernini sculpture from within this church. This remains the principle reason for this church’s high ranking in my list. I’ve pictured it for you below. I’m not sure if you can see in detail the magnificent ode to Bernini’s genius. The sculpture is a representation of the ecstasy of...

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Vidrierias Gordiola – A Glass Half Full

When Claudia and I were planning our trip to Palma, this glassware shop, humble though it was, topped our list of things to see. The Gordiola family have been creating glassware masterpieces since 1719. Their expertise was evident from the moment we walked into the famed shop on Carrer de l’Almudaina. The shop displays works made in the factory/ museum (Carretera Palma-Manacor, KM 19,6, 07210 Algaida, Islas Baleares, Spain) in a nearby town. My one piece of advice for anyone going to Palma would be to hire a car. The city of Palma is smaller than you think and...

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