The National Gallery

Although we had been to the Titian exhibition, it was the first time we had been back to the galleries. I found it unexpectedly moving: partly the experience of it being so intensively organised, with strict routes through the collection, compelling one to pay attention to galleries one might not otherwise linger in; partly the large number of visitors, perhaps less than normal, but it felt like large numbers because the streets are so empty; and partly the intensity of the experience, with people spending more time looking because of the requirement for sequentiality of visitor movement. I am sure there are lessons from it: the obvious lesson is the benefit of time and focus when looking at art.


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