Saturday, December 12, 2020

Will Art Lovers Open Their Wallets for Online Tours?

By Alex Marshall
Letizia Treves, curator at the National Gallery in London, with paintings from the “Artemisia” exhibition. A half-hour virtual tour of the show costs just over $10. via National Gallery
LONDON — Since the National Gallery’s blockbuster “Artemisia” exhibition opened in October, art lovers have had to jump through hoops to see it. Travel restrictions have kept international visitors away, the fear of catching the coronavirus hangs over the city’s public transportation system, and rolling lockdowns — or the threat of them — have made life in England uncertain. The latest national shutdown closed the museum entirely from Nov. 5 to Dec. 2. If those circumstances make a visit to London sound unappealing, there is an alternative: a “virtual tour” of the show on the museum’s website. The National Gallery began the tour last month. It costs 8 pounds, about $10.70 — a ticket to enter the show in person costs £20. [More]
Gentileschi’s “Judith Beheading Holofernes,” from about 1613, is an example of the fashion at the time for depictions of strong biblical women. Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, Napoli