A2: A working life: the art gallery curator



An interesting article, the curator Sonia Solicari describes a painting of Coriolanus by Thomas Lawrence

“It’s a painting designed to be hung very high at an angle….It would have been hung the same height again, then tilted downwards.”

(c) Paintings Collection; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

She mentions the current place of the painting on the wall of the Guildhall Gallery,as well as its originally intended position. It is however her view on the modern conception of art galleries that it of interest, she mentions that;

“At the end of the day, museums are about enjoyment and leisure, as well as learning and knowledge”

then describes how sh intends to bring audiences back into the gallery, starting with spoken work comedy and moving on from there, she wants to use the space as its original intended purpose.

Solicari also mentions that the criteria objects need to meet is that they need to have some some connection to London. I guess this is to be expected from the Guildhalls position and prestige early in Londons history.

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