London – Day 23

This morning I had an art history class on the Baroque style in London – then moved into some Neo-Palladian styles. I’m starting to recognize the features in buildings I pass by, and it is great! I think I’m still far off from being ready for my visual analysis test in a few weeks but I’m getting there.

This afternoon we had our class at the Victoria and Albert Museum. It is a pretty spectacular museum. We looked at Raphael’s Cartoons – which are on loan from the Queen herself. The Cartoons are the plans for tapestries…which at the time were considered to be better than paintings. They are huge! And also do not allow photography. The Queen doesn’t want you taking pictures of her stuff. We then moved on to look at all sorts of furniture, including an impressive State Bed. I stayed at the V&A after our class with Marni and had hot chocolate and a croissant in the cafe. Her roommate Deanna met us (both Georgetown girls) and we explored other galleries of the museum. Friday is their late night so it was opened till 10. But unfortunately the gallery with all the jewels was closed! A good reason to go back. But the clothing exhibit was really cool. They had all sorts of awesome designers like Dior, and McQueen. We walked home from there (They also live in my building) by way of some shops. It rained on and off, typical London. They invited me to dinner in their apartment, and made delicious Mac and Cheese. We watched Young Victoria and pointed out all the buildings we recognized.

Setting up for Chinatown

Setting up for Chinatown

Wellington Arch

Wellington Arch

See how quickly the sky changes on you

See how quickly the sky changes on you

Victoria and Albert Museum entrance

Victoria and Albert Museum entrance

Chihuly

Chihuly

V&A Treats

V&A Treats

Bernini's Neptune and Triton

Bernini’s Neptune and Triton

Clothing Exhibit

Clothing Exhibit

Christian Dior

Christian Dior

Love

Love

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