Sunday, 8 June 2014

Leighton House Museum

Yesterday the weather was very typical London. The first half of it was CRAZY rain, but the second half was full of sunshine! Thankfully, I was out for the second half. I met up with a friend and started the afternoon with a visit to the Leighton House Museum. When I first walked in, I was a little confused on the coloration between the Victorian paintings, greek looking sculpture, the Persian figurines and God's word in Arabic. But it made sense because the museum is basically the house of the victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton. The house was built in the 19th century and he turned it into an art palace with the arabic hall with its golden geometric dome.  
From their website

My favourite part  

Upstairs is the studio, where Lord Leighton did his art. When he died, most of the contents of the house were sold. The National Trust tried to fill the house with artists work instead of going after the previous collections. They also had a temporary exhibit for Rudi Patterson, a Jamaican painter. His work was vibrant and whimsical. 
Overall, I thought the museum was really nice. The Arabic hall was spectacular and so cozy. I just wanted to stay there. They just need to add more LIGHTS. It was really dark to even see some of the pieces. The information folders also need some improvement. It was a quick inspiring visit.  

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