I love art (as you can probably tell from various other blog posts) and had to visit the Walker Art Gallery when we were in Liverpool, England. I had never heard of it until we were talking to some locals in Manchester who told us we had to visit if we liked art. Thus, we took art of a day and explore the museum. PSA, make sure to talk to locals when traveling. They have the best advice! It was incredible. They pride themselves on sharing beautiful paintings, sculpture and decorative art from the 13th century to the present day. Their collections include pieces from Early Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, Victorian, Impressionist, Pre-Raphaelite as well as contemporary. There are works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin, Gainsborough, Stubbs, Turner, Millais, Rossetti, Cezanne, Degas, Monet, Matisse, Rodin, Lowry and Hockney. Just to name a few.
When we first arrived at the museum, we couldn’t help but notice the two huge marble sculptures to the left and the right of the stairs. Raphael (above) is the sculpture on the left, and Michelangelo is the sculpture on the right. Apparently their reputations and legacies have historically been used to epitomize the visual arts, standing as the representatives of painting and sculpture respectively. For this reason they are placed outside a building which celebrates artistic creativity, skill and its history. It was cool to see them.
The impressionists and Monet’s pieces were the items that I especially wanted to see. Sadly, the only piece I saw by Monet was called Break-up of the ice on the Seine, near Bennecourt, but they had so many others to see.
All in all I was mostly impressed by all the wonderful marble statues in their collection. I can’t remember even a quarter of them however I do remember some of my favorites or the most unique ones was the Head of Athena, I don’t know why, but I thought it was interesting. Yu also have to check out the Tinted Venus. It is also quite interesting. I love the marble section, especially the white marble statutes.
We had an amazing time at the Walker Art Museum and I am so glad that we took the advice of a local and checked out the Walker Art Museum. I just touched the surface of their collections and exhibits. Here is a link to their website with directions, hours, etc. Make sure to take time to check out the wonderful museum when you are in the area.
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