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Old Girls tour the National Gallery

Posted on 9 May 2017 by Miss Amy Hinds, Communications Officer

The fashion of London’s late night museum openings spread to our Old Girls on the evening of Friday 5 May, when, accompanied by guests, a small group took part in the National Gallery’s Trade Secrets: Encoded Messages and Unusual Discoveries tour.

With the knowledge of a wonderful tour guide, guests learnt about paintings including Cima da Conegliano’s The Incredulity of Saint Thomas and Bronzino’s An Allegory with Venus and Cupid and were encouraged to contribute their own thoughts on the interpretation of these fascinating paintings. Under the gaze of his famous Ambassadors, attendees also learnt about Hans Holbein the Younger’s Portrait of Christina of Denmark, from the secret of her smile to the importance of the creases in her clothing.

The fascinating tour finished at George Bellows’ 1912 painting Men of the Docks whose acquisition has huge meaning to the Gallery itself. As the first major American painting to be purchased by the Gallery, it marks a brand new direction and ‘endless possibilities’ going forwards.

Thank you to everyone who came along to the tour.