Art and about in Liverpool – Part 2

Leaving the Tate we made our way across the city centre, heading towards the Walker Art Gallery. Needing something to eat we stopped off at the
Bakchich  Lebanese “street food” restaurant just off Williamson Square – the second one in the city, the original being in Bold Street.

We wanted to see the exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci drawings at the Walker, which is part of the nationwide event organised by the Royal Collection Trust. A total of 144 of Leonardo’s greatest drawings in the Royal Collection are on display in 12 simultaneous exhibitions in Galleries across the country, including Liverpool and Manchester. In May 2019 the drawings will be brought together to form part of an exhibition of over 200 sheets at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.

Arriving at the gallery, the room where the drawings were being exhibited was, not surprisingly, very busy and was hot and stuffy.

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So we decided to take a look around the Gallery as we hadn’t been for a while. Here’s a few of the paintings we saw

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Good Time George (2008-9)by Maggie Hambling
A portrait of her friend, Liverpool born George Melly
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A view of Liverpool from across the water by L S Lowry
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French cyclists with a girl (1925) by Christopher Wood
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Kin Cattrall (2017) by Samiro Addo
A portrait of the Liverpool born Canadian actress by the winner of the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2018
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An early self-portrait by Rembrandt
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A bust of Einstein by Jacob Epstein

We made our way back to the Leornado exhibition. It was still crowded but managed to look around (we’ve been in much busier “blockbusters”). There were some beautiful drawings, most of them small but full of intricate detail (magnifying glasses were provided for visitors to use). This one, the head of Leda from Greek mythology was certainly my favourite.

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I didn’t take snaps of any of the others – the crowd made that difficult and the glass covering the drawings was reflective. There were a range of studies – preparatory sketches for paintings and sculptures, pages from his notebooks of anatomical and nature studies and other subjects. Some of the drawings included samples of his writing – it was tiny – famously written backwards and back to front.

You don’t often get the chance to see so many Leonardo drawings all together and I think it’s a really good initiative that they have spread them around galleries across the country. We’re off to Manchester next Saturday and hope to see some more at the Manchester City Art Gallery. I hope it’s not too crowded!

6 thoughts on “Art and about in Liverpool – Part 2

  1. We saw some in Sheffield at the weekend, and there are some in Kelvingrove but we haven’t been there yet. The Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh will have them at the end of the year (I think maybe not the whole collection as in London though).

    I don’t think that’s a very flattering portrait of Kim Cattrall!

    • I certainly wont be able to see the whole collection either. But it’s good that they have distributed them round the country – including some towns and cities where these things don’t usually tend to go , such as Sunderland – rather than concentrating everything in London as is the usual case.
      Saw Kim Catterall live once , as Cleopatra in Anthony and Cleopatra, at the Liverpool Playhouse. And, you’re right, it isn’t a flattering portrait of an attractive mature woman.

  2. WOW!! Maybe I can convince himself to visit the UK in May…probably not. This is really fantastic, maybe some will still be available for view in the fall. I think you have given the best, biggest and easy to see experience of Da Vinci’s work. As I recall, his Mona Lisa is surprisingly small as well. Thanks so much for this viewing.

    • Himself did say it all looked rather interesting and I’ll show him your film later. We’ll chat with our kids (who live in London) about the collection. I may have to make an early trip to babysit whilst they attend! =)

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