Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Are The Old Masters More Indispensable Than Ever?

By Caroline Campbell
The Supper at Emmaus (c. 1530), Titian. Musée du Louvre, Paris
With museums closed and the future uncertain, historic paintings offer particular forms of escape. How might the instability of a pandemic be countered by finding consolation in the past? As we have all discovered over the last few months, it can be both uncomfortable and challenging to live in interesting times. Yet, throughout this period, my sense of resolve and purpose has intensified. Events have proved that museums, galleries and collections really do matter and make a substantive difference to people’s lives. It’s hard to quantify this, or itemise on a spreadsheet, but it’s part of what keeps us going and keeps us together, as individuals and as a society. Art has been a blessing and a lifeline for so many. It reminds us of our humanity, and links us to others. [More]