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visiting the tates

A few more photos from my sister's visit. Here she is at the Tate Britain, lit up like a chandelier. Mary's such a magpie, she loves little crystals and shiny things.

I doodled a few of the paintings, and they don't look anything like the original portraits.

We're always fascinated by The Cholmondeley Ladies, painted around 1600. The two ladies aren't twins, but are said to have been born and married on the same days. It's such an old painting but it looks so incredibly strange and modern.

The wall labels at the Tate Modern says that three big canvases by Cy Twombly are paintings of Bacchus, the god of wine; and it's true, a person can get very drunk on the colour red in that room.



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Mar. 10th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)

I've only visited Tate Britain once or twice but I remember being bewitched by those two ladies! You're right, there is something modern about the painting, not least its strange, slightly eerie qualities.

I miss being closer to London - I'm not horribly far away in Birmingham but it's not the same as being in Kent. Next time I'm there I'm definitely going to fit in a gallery visit!
Mar. 11th, 2011 11:28 am (UTC)
Yes, do plan it for your next trip here! Do you have any good galleries in Birmingham I should visit when I'm next there?
Mar. 12th, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
with chandelier
Such a beautiful photo of Mary!
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