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Thursday, 19 July 2012

Exhibitions - The Essence of Beauty: 500 Years of Italian Art-Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow

Star rating - 7/10

This is a nice little exhibition of Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery's finer Italian pieces, and a few more besides.

The exhibits are organised through the centuries from the Renaissance through to the nineteenth century. My favourites were The Annunciation by Botticelli, with its amazing perspectives; and a beautiful porcelain dish traditionally given to Italian women after they had given birth. The detail on it is really ornate and the colours vibrant.

And while you are there don't forget to sample some of the other delights of the museum, like Salvador Dali's controversial Surrealist masterpiece Christ of St John of the Cross. And the little section in the Cultural Survival room on the haunting and fascinating history of the former inhabitants of the remote island of St Kilda is another gem.

All in all a great way to spend a rainy summer Glasgow afternoon :)

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