Thursday, September 3, 2009

From Raphael to Carracci

Back in June, Wanda and I went to see Chicago at the NAC. On the back of the program was an add for a special exhibition at the National Gallery - From Raphael to Carracci, The Art of Papal Rome. The first time I went to the Vatican Museums, I was walking through the Raphael rooms, and I had to walk across the room to figure out whether the thing I was looking at was a painting or a sculpture. It's amazing to me how some of Raphael's work looks three-dimensional. Anyway, I decided I wanted to go to the exhibition.

It closes on Monday. Keep in mind that I've been unemployed for the last month, and thus have had lots of time to go. However, today I went to see a special exhibiton at the National Gallery.

I enjoyed it. There were more preliminary sketches than I would have liked, but generally it was quite enjoyable. We got the audio guides, which were useful, but (as is typical in audio guides) had more standing-around-and-waiting-for-the-commentary-to-start music than I would have liked.

In other news, apparetnly the National Gallery charges $6 to see the permanetnt collection now. It used to be free - but it's been at least 5 years since I've been there.


  1. I think they were charging the last time I was there...were the audio guides an additional cost?

    Raphael I find is pretty underrated. Like Leonardo, there will be lots of sketches and not so much finished works [though he was a lot more prolific than Leonardo].

  2. Yes, the audio guides were extra. I didn't mind the sketches, but at the same time, there's not really that much that's interesting about a piece of paper with an arm and a (completely disconnected) torso on it. If I were interested in the mechanics of art, it would probably be more interesting, though.