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JoeTro Nov 20th, 2006 10:26 AM

Da Vinci and Renaissance Home at V and A ... how long?
Has anyone been to both the Renaissance Home and the Da Vinci exhibitions at the V and A? I'm wondering how long to allot? I'm planning a crazy day of special exhibitions next week.

Also, if I visit on a Tuesday afternoon, should I book in advance? I'd prefer to just turn up to save money, but I don't want to get shut out.


PalenqueBob Nov 20th, 2006 12:27 PM


JoeTro Nov 21st, 2006 03:41 AM


JoeTro Nov 22nd, 2006 01:38 AM

any thoughts?

111op Nov 22nd, 2006 03:37 AM

Kimmelman didn't like it:

Given what's on in London right now, maybe you should think about seeing other things. I went to many of the shows he went to -- except for the Elsheimer at Dulwich.

"It turned out to be remarkably awful, an art-as-artifact exercise aspiring to illustrate, via objects great and not great (with no distinction made between them), domestic life in Tuscany and the Veneto, or more precisely, the domestic life of the sort of rich people who could own paintings by Carpaccio and Filippo Lippi."

111op Nov 22nd, 2006 03:37 AM

Actually don't know about the Leonardo -- he didn't say anything. I didn't go either.

JoeTro Nov 22nd, 2006 04:06 AM

Hmm, thanks for the article. I hadn't seen that. I was planning on the French Drawings from Versailles at the Wallace, the Cezanne in Britain at the National Gallery (will hit Velazquez later), and the French Drawings at the British, as well as the V and A stuff. But maybe I can pass on the V and A or just see the Da Vinci.

111op Nov 22nd, 2006 04:15 AM

I guess our interests aren't very similar, but I was in London on Sunday, and my day was pretty similar to Kimmelman's -- Tate Modern, Holbein at Tate Britain. I also saw the Velasquez exhibition he reviewed a few weeks ago.

I didn't go to V&A. If you need more info on the shows I saw, you can see the report I posted Monday.

I didn't write about the Holbein exhibition, but it's been receiving rave reviews. It's a major show -- I think the first big Holbein exhibition in about fifty years -- and it reunites three portraits for the first time in 450 years: Henry VIII (from Thyssen), Jane Seymour (from Vienna), their son the Prince of Wales (from Washington, DC).

JoeTro Nov 22nd, 2006 04:30 AM

Thanks. I honestly hadn't considered that exhibition, and I love the Tate Britain (can't stand the Modern, though). Now I have lots to think about.

OReilly Nov 22nd, 2006 05:40 AM

I was there last month and saw both in an afternoon. Plan for max 1.5 hours for the Home and max 2 for DaVinci. I went Friday afternoon and the DaVinci exhibit was really crowded - they are letting way too many people in. I definately recommend booking ahead for the DaVinci at least.

In both cases, I rented the audioguide and recommend it. I certainly didn't find "home" awful - seen better but have seen worse!

Hi 111op - I am in the UK next week and intend to see the Holbein and Velasquez exhibitions.

111op Nov 22nd, 2006 06:04 AM

That's great, Ger. I think that you'll enjoy it! yk has gone to London and Vienna. I think that she should be in Vienna now, but she should have seen the Holbein & Velasquez yesterday.

You may want to book the Velasquez -- though when I was there on Sunday around 3, they were letting people in for 4. yk said that when she checked availability for the day she wanted a day prior, the earliest slots were all taken.

It doesn't seem to be as hard to book/as popular as Caravaggio. But there were a lot of people in the galleries. As you probably know, it's in the main wing rather than the Sainsbury wing.

JoeTro Nov 28th, 2006 04:54 AM

I think I'm going to have to skip this trip ... I'm way too behind with my studies. I'd really hoped to see the Cezanne. Oh well.

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