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19th October 2015

History of Art students at St Brendan’s were able to experience the National Gallery this week, without travelling to London; as the College transformed its corridors into a home for some of the world’s most recognisable paintings. 

Students admiring the Gallery

Students admiring the Gallery

Every year, the Art History first year students visit the National Gallery, as a way of expanding knowledge, seeing art up-close and experiencing a gallery atmosphere. However, strike action at the National Gallery this autumn, meant this year’s cohort were unable to experience the annual visit. Nevertheless, staff and students didn’t let this stop them from getting up close to a collection of the greatest paintings in the world, as they recreated a part of the gallery to St Brendan’s!

Arranged by the History & Art History departments, the teachers transformed a corridor of D block into The National Gallery with vivid images of famous paintings such as Venus and Mars by Botticelli, The Virgin on the Rocks by da Vinci and Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian.  Students were asked to research the paintings and presented their findings to their peers at the end of the day. To complete the National Gallery experience, students also enjoyed a lecture by Art Historian David Moxon.