Visual Storytelling: Designing for European Masterpieces

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes when designing for a major exhibition ― specifically ‘European Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York’ ― only at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) until 5.00pm Sunday 17 October 2021. Every exhibition starts with the artwork ― in this case 65 superb paintings spanning…

The jewellery in The Fortune-Teller c.1630s

European jewellery of the Renaissance was colourful, opulent and intricate. It was also widely popular, as the portraiture of this time shows the often extraordinary amount a wealthy man or woman might wear. Many great artists of the Renaissance started their careers in goldsmiths workshops — resulting in a familiarity of styles and techniques in…

500 years of music inspired by European Masterpieces

While the masters Rembrandt (1606-69), Turner (1775-1851), Degas (1834-1917) and Monet (1840-1926) were painting their way into art history, European music was also undertaking an evolutionary transformation. Over the 500-year lifespan of ‘European Masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum of New York’, some of the most famous composers wrote their timeless classics, including Bach (1685-1750), Mozart…

The importance of dress: Just like the Met Gala… a sense of style is never out of fashion

Just like the 2021 Met Gala ― fashion’s biggest night of the year to benefit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute ― this year on 13 September rather than first Monday in May, a sense of style is never out of fashion. An iconic Met Gala moment Clothes function not just as a personal…

The fragility of life: Understanding its symbolism

Exploring art is not just a visual experience, the act of seeing can trigger a whole range of responses, our sensory awareness is awakened by visual cues. From the slipperiness of soap to the flickering wick of an oil lamp, visceral connections increase the depth of visual enjoyment. Featuring paintings from one of the world’s…