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A Roundup of UK Art Gallery News | Masterpieces of Art

Posted by Matt Knight

There's been a handful of interesting developments across the art world recently. Here's a condensed summary of what's gone on, with links to the full length articles.

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Topics: National Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, Leonardo da Vinci

Wiseman's National Gallery Documentary | Masterpieces of Art

Posted by Catherine Taylor

The general feeling from all of the critics that have reviewed Frederick Wiseman's documentary on the National Gallery is that it captures the gallery magnificently. Time Out called it 'Wiseman's densest and best' work and gave it five stars. It is said to be a fascinating look at not only behind the scenes, but a detailed look at the people who visit – tourists, school groups, professionals and students. Geoffrey MacNab, reviewing the documentary in The Independent writes, 'Some of the time, Wiseman gives viewers the sense that they are inside the gallery alongside other visitors. At other points, his camera scrutinises the faces of museum-goers with the same fascination that the artists whose work hangs in the gallery treated their subjects.' The documentary gets into all the nooks and crannies and no small detail is left out.

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Topics: National Gallery, Masterpieces of Art

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