A Feast for the Eyes: Appetizing Art

Friday 14 September | 18.45-20.00 | National Gallery

The abundance of food on display in the National Gallery is mouth-watering. Join us on this gluttonous tour as we examine cuisines from all over Europe.  In Italy we’ll dine with the disciples and scrutinise Caravaggio’s startlingly real baskets of fruit, in Spain we’ll virtually taste Velasquez’s impressionistic garlic cloves that seem to waft straight out of the Martha and Mary’s humble kitchen, and in Holland we’ll get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Beuckelaer’s colourful markets bursting with fresh produce. We’ll be looking at what, why and how food has been painted by the greats – from intricately detailed still life aimed purely to show off the artist’s hand, to subtle religious symbolism found in the shadows of platters, to the most extravagant displays of wealth. Fussy eater? Not to worry, we’ll cater to every taste - this tour is sure to get your stomach rumbling and your brain stimulated.

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AL, London law firm (National Portrait Gallery tour)

My son Charlie and I were taken round the National Gallery by Rose Balston, and in three brief hours, we were inspired to levels of wonder. Rose has the gift of allowing you to discover things in the paintings that you would never have noticed before…I’d strongly recommend you join an Art History UK tour.
MH, Editor of Country Life Magazine (National Gallery)

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