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My Must See London Art Museums


I have an upcoming trip to London where I will be taking in nearly all the notable art museums. Let’s compare my wish list to yours.

I want to first begin with the British Museum as its holdings are some of the oldest historically.

Fodor’s Travel guide states that it is best to enter from the Holborn or Tottenham Court Road tube (subway), in order to experience the illustrious grand façade of the building.

I have a miniature Rosetta Stone paperweight that was given to me as a gift years ago, but I can’t wait to see the actual section of stone that was discovered during Napoleon’s reign of Egypt in 1799. This was the key to deciphering the Egyptian hieroglyphics.

Also at the British Museum are the Elgin Marbles, sculptures from the Parthenon and other buildings on the Acropolis. Lord Elgin ‘acquired’ these sculptures between 1801-1805.

I’m relatively certain I will not visit Greece anytime soon, so this is my opportunity to view a portion from a Greek temple.

I have plans to see the Tate Britain and Tate Modern museums in one day’s time. A convenient way to travel from one museum to another is the ‘Tate-to-Tate’ shuttle boat that takes you across the Thames to the other bank.

The Tate Britain highlights the work of British artists from 1500 to the present. I look forward to seeing the J.M.W. Turner personal collection, as well as Van Dyck, Hogarth, Reynolds, Hockney and Bacon.

The Tate Modern building which was a working power station from 1947-1981 is now home to international works of art from 1900 to the present. They include landscapes, still life and nudes by Dali, Moore, Warhol, Picasso and Matisse. The art is arranged by theme rather than artists.

Last but certainly not least is the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Highlights from this amazing museum are: Van Eyck's "Arnolfini Portrait," Botticelli's "Venus and Mars," Leonardo da Vinci's "The Virgin and Child" as well as Caravaggio's "The Supper at Emmaus."

I'm speachless. I can't wait to actually fulfill my wish list.

You can own a giclee print of Van Eyck's "Arnolfini Portrait," available here from Allposters.com.

Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife, c.1434




Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife, c.1434


, Jan van Eyck


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