Study Day: European Paintings Before 1900
Francisco de Zurbarán, 'Saint Francis in Meditation'
At the end of the morning and afternoon sessions, there were opportunities to ask questions and engage in debate.
- ‘The Sacred Made Real’ exhibition at the National Gallery: did it draw on the huge audience who attended the ‘Seeing Salvation’ exhibition at the National Gallery in 2000?
- How important was the local link for the ‘John Martin: Heaven & Hell’ exhibition at the Laing Gallery?
- Discussion about the importance of design and lighting for both the ‘Sacred Made Real’ and ‘John Martin: Heaven & Hell’ exhibitions
- Discussion about the extraordinary costumes worn by the figures in the Zurbáran series
- There was some discussion about returning picture galleries to their original designs and the complications involved, particularly with the need to introduce modern technology
- Some questions were asked about the National Gallery’s post-1800 collection. Why was the date 1900 chosen as a cut-off? What is the relationship of British painting to the National Gallery Collection? And have the new acquisitions in this area affected public taste?
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN