Wednesday, 13 January 2016
Art and Sculpture
Family chauffeuring on Sunday meant I had an hour to spare so I whizzed over to Winterbourne House and Gardens to renew my membership and perhaps have a quick look round the glass-houses. Unfortunately, it was closed - I had managed to forget that they close for a few weeks at this time of the year for routine maintenance. Luckily, a few hundred yards away is the Barber Institute of Fine Arts which was open and I haven't visited for some years.
The Institute was founded by Lady Barber in December 1932 for the "study and encouragement of art and music" at the University of Birmingham. The building was designed by Robert Atkinson, FRIBA, who had been a Director of the Architectural Association in London, and was built between 1935 and 1939. It was opened by Queen Mary in July, 1939, and is an outstanding example of public architecture from the 1930's. Today it is a Grade II Listed Building and still functions as an art gallery with a music auditorium for concerts and a centre for study and research by the University.
I've added the title of the painting/sculpture and artist/sculptor, dates, etc. if I made notes at the time.
The Madonna and Child attributed to Giovanni della Robbia, Florence ~1500/6.
The Coronation of the Virgin by an Unknown English Artists, possibly Nottingham ~1400.
Lion Mask (from a fountain) by an Unknown Italian Artist, possibly Tuscany, 13th Century, marble.
The Age of Bronze, Auguste Rodin, 1875/6
The current exhibition in the Lady Barber Gallery is entitled "Terms of Engagement" and includes portraits from the University of Birmingham.
Portrait Bust of Dame Hilda Lloyd, Professor of Obstetrics and a medical pioneer by Sir Jacob Epstein.
There are four main galleries - Beige Gallery - Art 1700-1800, Blue Gallery - 19th Century and Modern Art, Green Gallery - Art before 1600 and the Red Gallery - Art 1600-1700.
Symphony in White by James McNeill Whistler, London
The Blue Bower by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, London, 1865
A Landscape at Pont Aven attributed to Paul Gauguin, Brittany, 1888
An Allegorical Tomb of the 1st Duke of Devonshire, ~1725, Sebastiano Ricci and Mario Ricci
A Landscape in Flanders by Peter Paul Rubens
The Marriage Feast at Cana, Bartolome Esteban Murillo, Seville, ~1672
David Leeuw, An Amsterday Merchant and His Family, Abraham van den Tempel, 17th century
It was such a shame I only had half an hour as I could have spent several hours there and I managed to miss the Coin Gallery completely. Well worth a future and longer visit at some stage and I've also been looking at details of some of the concerts they hold there.