3674 On The Orient Express

3674 On The Orient Express

The diminutive grand piano is being tinkled upon as groups of cheery travellers sit chatting and giggling on ornate blue sofas and stools, sipping champagne, cocktails, and even the occasional coffee. The room judders and sways to the steady rhythm and beat of the clickety clack of iron on iron as sun light streams in…

Cicchetti in Venice

Cicchetti in Venice

A great way to eat, drink and explore Venice and it’s quieter less touristy parts, is to pick some cicchetti bars to go between. It’s a cost effective way to see the city and take part in something that’s still part of the daily life of the locals but most tourists ignore or know nothing…

Lorenzo Lotto Portraits

Lorenzo Lotto Portraits

The third concurrent exhibition at the National Gallery this autumn is Lorenzo Lotto Portraits. It brings together many of the best portraits spanning the career of this Renaissance master. A particular highlight is the warts and all portrait of Bishop Bernardo de’ Rossi (1505) on loan from Naples, and reunited with its allegorical cover from…

Mantegna and Bellini

Mantegna and Bellini

The National Gallery’s major autumn exhibition this year is a once in a lifetime exhibition, bringing together the works of two of the great early Renaissance painters – Giovanni Bellini and Andrea Mantegna. One the son of a great painter, the other the son of a carpenter, these brothers-in-law worked closely together for seven years,…