Art Fix from Home

Whilst we’re kicking ourselves for not having made it to more of London’s exhibitions before the doors shut, we have enjoyed discovering that so many permanent collections and past exhibitions are online. Here’s where to find the world’s best art in static, video and audio format:

Google Arts & Culture

Google has partnered with over 500 global art institutions to show their permanent collections. Our highlights include a closer look at Vermeer’s Milkmaid at the Rijks Museum, Amsterdam. Find First Ladies amongst the portrait galleries online at The Smithsonian. Whirl to Venice and take a tour of the Doge’s Palace. Explore the masterpieces of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and we could get lost in the dreamy Impressionists at the Musée d’Orsay.

Videos and the Youtube Art Channel

Some curators and presenters bring their subjects to life more than others and here are a selection of brilliant examples of the best that Youtube The Art Channel and galleries make available free to the public. I loved a reminder of the Anthony Gormley exhibition at the Royal Academy with a short video, narrated by the artist himself.  And they have just uploaded in the last day a whole host of other videos of exhibitions and interviews with artists. The show I most regret not getting to is the Picasso and Paper exhibit; you can watch here curator Ann Dumas talking through the pieces. The National Gallery has videos about their past exhibitions and permanent collection here. The National Portrait Gallery does too, and the brilliant Bridget Riley exhibit that was at the Hayward Gallery is discussed and shown here. The Dulwich Picture Gallery is one of few that make an audio tour guide available online.

Gallery Resources

A few galleries offer up their own collections such as the Uffizi with every piece in its collection here, as does the magnificent Prado. Virtual 360° tours have a long way to go in terms of slick presentation but two worth watching are Buckingham Palace followed by in-depth info about the artworks particularly in the Queen’s Gallery, and the Sistine Chapel in all its glory.

— Annie Reid
25th March 2020