Art lovers can now view some of the worlds best art collections online!
Self isolation can be, lets face it, boring! So I have put together a list of recommendations and links for you to try!
So sit back, go to full screen mode, lets start our viewing in Rome;
1 – Vatican, Rome.
The Vatican in Rome has some wonderful virtual tours. Enter into “Raphael’s Rooms” and go from room to room viewing some of his most famous murals. Without the crowds too!
2 – Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain.
This is my first time around the Guggenheim in Bilbao. I have been to the Peggy Guggenheim in Venice many times and each time gets better and better. The collection in Bilbao looks incredible!
Whats great here, as you are looking around the gallery, you are able to click on individual paintings and find out more information. A personal favourite of mine is, ‘Nine discourses on Commodus’ by Cy Twombly.
3 – J.Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.
Getty is the legacy of the businessman and art collector J. Paul Getty, and his view that art is a civilizing influence in society. Throughout his adult life, he took greater and greater steps to make art available for the public’s education and enjoyment. Starting in 1948, he gave significant pieces from his personal collection to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 1953, he established the J. Paul Getty Museum Trust.
As I was searching the website I came across a post about recreating artworks with household items which I thought was a lot of fun! I also saw this last night while watching the new art series with Grayson Perry. Watch this space….I think I shall be having a little fun with this myself! LINK HERE.
Why not try some yourself. Upload your creations to instagram and facebook and tag @SodenCollection
4 – National Gallery, Singapore
I have never been to Singapore and my knowledge on Asian contemporary art is slightly lacking so I found this tour just incredible! Along with some of the portraits which were very interesting, one of the paintings the most was a painting by Liu Dang called “Life by the River. The painting brings in many styles that I personally like from European art such as Picasso and Gaugain. The title says it all really, “life by the River”, I found myself transported into this life and wondering what it would be like on a summers day to be there in this community.
5 – British Museum, London.
One of my favourite museums in the world. Ever since a young boy I was taught about the Rosetta Stone being the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics, opening the window to the ancient Egyptian history. Every time I have been to the British Museum to see this very special object it has been tainted by the amount of visitors taking selfies, now you can view it in the comfort of your own home with no one else around….perfect.
There is nothing like seeing art in the flesh, witnessing the brush strokes, viewing the scale and seeing the art as the artists saw it. For now these are wonderful tools to allow us to view things we just are not able to see at the moment. These links can just whet your appetite for when we are about to see them again and to give you inspiration for a visit for when the entire world is open again.
Please let me know what you think about these tours. There are so many others out there, these are just a few that I particularly enjoyed.
Of course, there is another source of viewing art, www.sodencollection.com
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