Monday 24 December 2012
Catching Up Part I - Drawing at the V&A
The Friday following the last of my National Gallery drawing sessions, we had booked tickets for the final days of 'Bronze' at the Royal Academy (more about that in another post). I also had my lab Xmas lunch that day - as we didn't finish until 2, rather than going back to work for a couple of hours before I was due to meet Ian, I headed off to the V&A. I have my favourite haunts there but influenced by my drawing classes I went for a wander around the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries. Lots of interest (including the wonderful Tristan and Isolde quilt) but after all my weeks of studying folds in fabric what caught my eye were the stylised folds of 'The Virgin Annunciate' drawn with distemper on linen. Difficult to believe it's from 1500, it looks so modern!
I did a rough sketch but I'd like to return and do more detailed studies.
Appropriate too as I'm currently reading the World Invisible series on my Kindle which starts off with drawing in the V&A.