Art Appreciation 1
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The Art Appreciation Group leader is Marion Delaney. Members meet every 4th Friday morning of the month, at 10 am.
On Friday a group of us travelled by train and boat to Greenwich to see the Painted Ceiling at the Old Royal Naval College.
For the last two years the Old Royal Naval College has been cleaning and conserving 40,000 square feet of the Painted Hall. This landmark project will return clarity, colour and vibrancy to Sir James Thornhill’s masterpiece. It will also create a more stable environment so that it will be many decades before the Painted Hall needs conservation again.
We arrived in plenty of time and started our tour with a short introduction on the history of the Hall. We then went some of us by lift, and the other hardy souls up 74 steps to the platform where our talk began. It was wonderful to see the detail of the paintings which were done by using a long pole with a piece of material on the end. It was done standing up and leaning back which must have been exhausting bearing in mind it took nineteen years to complete! We even saw 16th century graffiti which was quite amusing. I won’t try to describe everything we saw it would take too long, just to say I felt very proud of all those dedicated restorers who have done such a wonderful job.
The U3A were responsible for the photographs as you will see in the write up. So well done us!