Monday, 17 November 2014

Continuing the stroll around portraits

As well as the Portrait Gallery,  I paid a short visit to the National Gallery too.  It's just amazing the amount and quality of work you can see for free at both of them. I'm mixing the images from both together. The first one blew my socks off for sheer technical ability - no idea how glue on linen works though! 

Andrea Mantegna (1430-1506)

The Introlduction of the Cult of Cybele to Rome  (Glue on Linen) 

In 204 BC the Romans brought the cult of Cybele, the eastern goddess of victory, from Asia Minor to Rome. Cybele is represented by a round stone and a bust with a mural crown. The painting was designed as a frieze - hence the imitation of sculpture, used in antiquity for friezes.

And by complete contrast!

Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-73)

Oil on millboard

Landseer was friends with Callcott and they collaborated on many pictures.  The 6th Duke of Devonshire commissioned Landseer to paint the Scene in Olden Times at Bolton Abbey, and Landseer persuaded Callcott to pose for the head of the abbot.

The label said this was painted and finiished in a sitting of 3 or 4 hours.  Sorry, but I just don't believe that!
And finally for today -and to add a modern one into the mix,- this was not at any of the galleries but one I came across on the interweb and is by Nick Gentry.  Can you guess what he's made it from? Possibilities there for patchwork fans!


  1. Trying to comment along the way Annabel, but think they're getting lost in the ether. Lovely sharing, all of this. Did you see the Grayson Perry at the National Portrait gallery? The various works recently covered in his programme on C4? And I've no idea what glue on linen means either.

    1. Thank you again for your persistance ltw! Gold star :) Yes, I did see the GP exhibition and loved it but I haven't seen the TV show I'm afraid. I think perhaps a bit of research on glue on linen is called for!