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From David Bowie to Raphael, virtual exhibition at the V&A

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The Victoria & Albert Museum in London has launched a series of online collections that you can visit for free with thousands and thousands of objects on virtual display.

There you will find a bit of everything for all tastes from glassware to ceramics, from Mary Quant’s dresses to Alexander McQueen’s. You can also visit collections of glasses, shoes, undergarments and much more besides the usual collections of Chinese, Arabic, Japanese and of course European art.

The beauty of these exhibits is that each item has a pretty detailed description and that for each exhibit there are other interactive and video resources. Great for spending a few hours or as a resource for studying.

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Large retrospective exhibition of Georgia O’Keeffe in Madrid

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The exhibition, currently underway at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, traces the long career of the American painter, through 90 works that reflect O’Keeffe’s research and style, an elegant and mysterious combination of figuration and abstraction.

Georgia O’Keeffe is widely regarded as one of the most important American artists of the 20th century and one of the greatest artists in history. She is famous for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and close-up shots of animals.

O’Keeffe was born in 1887 in a remote part of Wisconsin and then moved to Texas as a child. After graduating from high school, she took art classes at Art Students League in New York City. In 1912 O’Keeffe moved to New York City and began studying with famed artist William Merrit Chase. She became an active participant in the “American modernism” movement that originated in Europe earlier that century.

Ninety works have been selected for the exhibition, the first ever in Spain at the ThyssenBornemisza National Museum.  After Madrid will also touch th the exhibition will go to Paris and Basel.

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Don’t miss this exhibition if you like the Tudors

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Hopefully, this exhibition dedicated to commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold should begin on May 19th and continue until September 5th.

For the uninitiated it was an 18-day meeting between King Henry VIII and King Francis of France I. Inside huge temporary palaces in Belgium, under tents made of luxurious gold fabrics or on the purpose-built courtyard , the two kings and their courtiers, hosted large banquets and exchanged expensive gifts.

The reason was to try to impress the other king. It was practically a war of luxury, music and delicious food. Both kings wanted to be seen as men of the Renaissance, refined and with good taste.

The exhibition not only explains what the political situation was like then but shows many fabrics, tapestries, clothes and vestments used during this long meeting. The name of the meeting comes from the luxurious and often golden fabrics that had been put on display. The exhibition is held at Hampton Court Palace and is included in the palace entrance ticket.

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London, exhibition of royal portraits in Greenwich

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Postponed due to the pandemic, this exhibition is expected to open on May 28, 2021 and will continue until October 31. It will be  at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich and tickets cost £ 10. The Tudors to Windsors exhibition will feature works by some of Britain’s most prominent artists, from court painters Sir Peter Lely and Sir Godfrey Kneller to photographers Cecil Beaton and Annie Leibovitz and artists such as Andy Warhol. This major exhibition brings together works from the National Portrait Gallery, Greenwich Royal Museums and private collections.

Taken separately, these paintings are massive and impressive, but gathered together here the differences between the portraits become more pronounced. In fact, we pass from a majestic Victoria reign, an equally majestic and fat Henry VIII to the portrait of Prince Charles showing the heir to the throne with a sweater and riding boots. Obviously, it was only from the Tudor era that portrait painters had learned techniques to make portraits realistic. Of the previous kings and queens we have a vague idea of what they were really like.

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