After graveyards and guns I’ll lighten the mood with some cheerier items from the Ashmolean, “the oldest public museum in Britain, and the first purpose-built public museum in the world”, which grew out Tradescant’s Ark, a C17th ‘cabinet of curiosity’. First there’s a mesmeric Minoan octopus painted on a vase three and a half thousand years ago; keep looking at the eyes and the tentacles start to move… Then a collection of Cycladic figures spanning centuries, a couple of bronze Tibetan lamas, and finally a collection of faces and figures from the Great British Drawings exhibition.
(The Urban Sketchers Bristol/South West group will be visiting Bath for a sketch-crawl next Saturday 17th October. We’re meeting at noon outside the Abbey, with a chance to sketch on the roof and in the tower! Hope to see/meet you then…)