The Perse School

Field Day – Enrichment trip to London

24 Oct 2013

As part of the School’s Field Day on Monday, the Enrichment group who study Italian went to London for an art visit to the British Museum and the National Gallery.

Alex Fielding – an enthusiastic and lively art historian – showed the students around some of the wonderful collections in the British Museum. The students looked at the transition between the static and more formal Egyptian sculptures, and the dynamic and more realistic Greek sculptures, for example, some of the Elgin Marbles; the friezes from the Parthenon in Athens.

The re-discovery of the classical world after the Middle Ages was at the core of the Renaissance period in Italy, which we explored in some detail in the National Gallery. Here the students looked at religious paintings such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Virgin of the Rocks as well as secular and classical paintings such as Bacchus and Ariadne by Tiziano.

The group had a wonderful day, and the students were inspired to look at art in a new and more analytical way.

Two of the students who took part in the trip, Ellie McGurk and Lily Cassidy, share their experiences of the day.

“On Field Day the nine students who take Italian as their Enrichment option went to London. On the trip we visited the British Museum, and the National Portrait Gallery.  First of all we went to the British Museum where we were given a very enthusiastic tour! Among other things, we saw the Elgin Marbles, the statue of Aphrodite and the head of a horse of Selene. Our favourite part of the British Museum was the statue of Aphrodite, although it was all interesting. After the British Museum we got the Tube to Trafalgar square and visited the National Portrait Gallery. We both much preferred the National Gallery as the art was more modern and interesting. Our favourite painting was ‘Dionysus and Ariadne’ by Tiziano. The day was really enjoyable, and the art was really interesting!”

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