So, are you ready for part 2 of my latest London trip? Selfridges gave us a little retail therapy and some fantastic art displays in the windows, but now we were heading towards Trafalgar Square and seeking cover from the rain in the National Gallery. The fountain sculptures noses are still dripping so are you ready for another cup of tea and a rich tea biscuit in the cosiness of your own home? Here we go on a little tour of this amazing art gallery.
The fountains, lions and Nelson's Column are the theatrical prologue to the main attraction that is held within the National Gallery's walls. Especially inviting with the rain continuing to fall.
Let's rush in and get out of the rain shall we? People turning left, right and centre, making their way into the different corridors and rooms. Maybe next time we will start at room number 1 and work our way around this way, but today it was a free for all.
For me, as well as the treasures that graced the walls, there were also treasures above our heads.
You can always tell it's me because the camera is pointing upwards in places like these instead of the masterpieces on the walls!
The intricate carvings are so beautiful and make my heart sing.
But of course there are the beautiful works of art hanging from the gorgeous wallpapered walls.
Urm, and the not so beautiful!!...
Isn't she gorgeous?!! To think that this was painted in the 1500's.
The gallery containing Van Gogh's amazing work was full to brimming. How I would have loved to take the photo of the Sunflowers but you just couldn't get near! One painting we wanted to see in another section was The Ambassadors...
And to walk around to the right and to see Holbein's Skull that lays at their feet...
We were so glad that we managed to view this mind blowing painting.
Gallery after gallery were visited as we marveled at the paintings, some familiar and some being seen for the first time.
At the same time the architecture just sang out to me. The columns, glass, colour and detail were simply stunning!
However, after a trip around the souvenir shop it was time to go back into the London rain and to leave this marvellous building... for now!
The weather was a little more forgiving when we emerged which was welcoming for part three of our little trip on this day, so we decided to walk from Trafalgar Square up to Westminster and the South Bank... but that's for the next post!
Thank you so, so much for all your comments and visits for Part 1 and also for our little sprinkling of snow, I must apologise as I have been chasing my tail a little so I will hopefully get around to you all hopefully this weekend. In the meantime, thank you once again, you are all so generous!
Now, to write part 3!!