May 15

Today our class went to the National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, and Portobello Road.

The National Gallery is an art museum in Trafalgar Square in the City of Westminster, in Central London. Founded in 1824, it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900.

Its collection belongs to the public of the United Kingdom and entry to the main collection is free of charge. It is the fourth most visited art museum in the world, after the Musée du Louvre, the British Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 The museum has small paintings that were done by artists that are not widely known to large scale paintings that are done by artists that are known world wide.
 In the picture to the left, the top painting is titled Jupiter Seducing Callisto. It was painted by Andrea Schiavone who was best known for his small scale works. The bottom painting on the left is titled Arcas Hunting, also painted by Schiavone. Schiavone was especially admired by fellow artists for his lively handing of paint. 

The painting on the right is titled The Adoration of the Shepherds. It was painted by Guido Reni. Divine light illuminates the darkness as the shepherds kneel in adoration of the infant Christ. Cherubs overheard carry a scroll with the joyful words Gloria in Eccelsis Deo, or Glory to God in the highest.

 The National Portrait Gallery is an art gallery in London housing a collection of portraits of historically important and famous British people. It was the first portrait gallery in the world when it opened in 1856. The gallery moved in 1896 to its current site at St Martin's Place, off Trafalgar Square, and adjoining the National Gallery.

London’s Portobello Road is probably the world’s best known market, and in 2015 is celebrating being 150 years old. To the left, the class stops to take a photo before heading down the street to check out the local shops. 
Though famous for antiques, it’s also a haven for lovers of fashion, food, books and music. It’s the place for anyone who wants to find something really unique or just loves a great bargain. 

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