3/03/2009

Byzantium



We have just returned from a weekend trip to London to assist our eldest son move accommodation. This entailed lugging box after box of books, kitchen utensils, computers, bedding etc up five flights of stairs. I know, I counted them. Also, on the agenda was a hospital visit to see a loved one so we did not have much time for sightseeing.

We did however manage to see this amazing exhibition at The Royal Academy and if you haven’t seen it already, hurry because it finishes soon. It is the kind of exhibition that overwhelms you with riches, precious illuminated manuscripts, jewellery, religious icons and triptychs carved in ivory, so breathtaking in their beauty, it is hard to convey the workmanship and artistry that has gone into their creation.

Cameras were not allowed but I did manage to photograph the exhibition poster, which shows the Icon of the Archangel Michael. This is silver gilt on wood, gold cloisonné, enamel and precious stones. I also came away with an enormous exhibition catalogue, as if I had not done enough lugging for one weekend!

17 comments:

  1. Sounds like a lot of hard work - you deserved the treat of seeing the exhibition. Hope your son is now setled in his new home. My friends in Nottingham went to see this exhibition in January and thought it was wonderful - see Robert's blog Park Views (link on mine) for their story:)

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  2. I am drawn to religious icons and have a small collection of them myself. I would have ADORED this exhibit!

    We have moved our kids so many times. Why are they always choosing the upper level flats?

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  3. Sounds like a wonderful exhibition, Acorn Moon. I love illuminated manuscripts!

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  4. Just the word Byzantium rings so richly. I'll bet that the Royal Academy exhibit was marvelous, and will provide you with lots of inspiration.

    Great that you were able to find time for that treat, after making those generous contributions to others.

    Best wishes!

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  5. They had a series on R4 about Byzantium which made me realise what an amazingly rich culture it was. Glad you enjoyed the exhibition, even if your legs must ache - 5 stories!

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  6. A bit of a trip to make it to London from Idaho. Really wish I could be there to see the exhibit. As for moving kids...it must to be part of a parent's job description. Our children seem to choose to go hundreds of miles away in bad weather EVERY TIME.

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  7. So nice your weekend turned out not to be all work and no play. The exhibition really does sound very interesting. x

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  8. What inspiration you are going to get for your work from that exhibition! I was in Istanbul a few years ago and the intricate work is absolutely fascinating and I would have thought right up your street. So happy drawing.

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  9. I would love to visit this exhibition although I won't be able to get there before it finishes.
    It sounds wonderful.

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  10. Sounds wonderful!
    At least you were rewarded for all your hard work :)

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  11. Sounds amazing! Wish I were close enough to see it...

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  12. Lucky boy to have such helpful parents! I'm glad you managed some recreation on your trip!
    Cheers,
    Dionne

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  13. I would have loved to see this! What a treat. And of course, London itself is just a wonderland to me!

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  14. Thanks very much for the link to this exhibition. It is just up my street and I hope to go asap. After a long cold winter I am just in the mood to be inspired...lol. Love your blog and wonderful illustrations.

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  15. Did you come away feeling really inspired? It looks beautiful. The detail is amazing and the use of gold always fascinates me.
    Hope you have time to just sit and enjoy the catalogue.

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  16. The exhibition looks wonderful! am now wondering if i can fit in an extra day on my trip down south to take it in! Beautiful!

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  17. Oh yes the joys of lugging.. I'm very familiar with that aspect of children growing up.. I can't remember how many times I have helped move my 3 older children around...
    well at least you enjoyed a great exhibition.. Lucky!

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