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Friday, 7 December 2012

ART: The Northern Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein

Left: From The Royal Collection at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace - a greyhound by Dürer, not a drawing but painted with a very fine brush indeed - hey!  

An impressive exhibition in those controversially decorated rooms where, it must be said, pictures look very good, as do the manuscripts lit in darkened rooms - until April 14, 2013 This exhibition celebrates the Renaissance in northern Europe, the counterpart to the revolution in art and scholarship that took place in Italy during the 15th and 16th centuries.

The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace
Beautiful, strong horses - such noble creatures - being walked around a courtyard in The Royal Mews. An indoor riding school, handsome old stables, all the gear that goes with panoply, quite beautifully kept, shiny and polished, the state coaches on display....around 200 people are employed.  

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