Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Pompeo Batoni at NG

Pompeo Batoni - Diana and Cupid (1761)Tomorrow The National Gallery in London will open an exhibition to mark the tercentenary of the birth of "Italy’s Last Old Master": Pompeo Batoni 1708-1787 in the Sainsbury Wing. He painted the great and the good when they stopped off at Rome during their Grand Tour, also mythological scenes. My favourite Batoni - sounds like some sort of Euro cheese, doesn't it? - is a charmer depicting Diana teasing Cupid (1761). This may not be in the exhibition. Click the title link for an online gallery of 8 of his works. The bad news: timed entry, admission £8, concessions £7 (87.5%!) and maybe "significant room closures on Wednesday evenings due to strike action". The good news: silver surfers can gain entry for only £4 every Tuesday 2.30-6pm, kids under 12 free.


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