Published in Places & Spaces - March 5, 2013
London London's noticeable skyline consists of buildings both old and new, from Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament to new blocks like The Shard and the London Eye, it's rich history is most perfectly recorded among the many museums and ...
London's noticeable skyline consists of buildings both old and new, from Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament to new blocks like The Shard and the London Eye, it's rich history is most perfectly recorded among the many museums and art galleries dotted around the city. The National Gallery, situated in Trafalgar Square houses the national collection of Western European paining from 13th - 19th centuries. It consists of over 2,300 pieces of art including many famous works such as Van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait and Van Gogh's Sunflowers. Other well known works by Raphael, Turner, Constable and Monet.
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One of the largest and the world's most visited museum, The Louvre boasts a collection of 35,000 object up to the 19th century, opening in 1793 and an exhibition of 537 paintings most famously - Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa. The famous Louvre Pyramid serves as the main entrance of the Museum and was completed in 1989, becoming a noticeable landmark of the City of Paris.
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The second largest city in Spain, Barcelona houses the especially remarkable work of well known architect Antoni Gaudi which can be seen throughout the city. His best known work is the magnificent but still unfinished church of the Sagrada Familia which has been under construction since 1882.
The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (MNCARS) is the official name of Spain's national museum of 20th century art. Highlights include excellent collections of Spain's two greatest 20th century masters; Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, most notably Picasso's Guernica, created in response to the Spanish Civil War in 1937.
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Rome's history spans more than two and a half thousand years. Since the Middle Ages, the city has been transformed into one of the major centres of the Italian Renaissance. The current version of St Peter's Basilica was built and The Sistine Chapel was painted by Michelangelo where he created two of the most influential works of Western art; scenes of Genesis on the ceiling and The Last Judgement on the alter wall of the Chapel.
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