Post-Graduate Students Visit Monochrome Exhibition at National Gallery
On 25 January 2018, the History of Art Department organised a trip to visit the National Gallery’s major exhibition Monochrome: Painting in Black and White. It was open to all post-graduate students in the Department, most of whom came down from York the night before to make the early rendez-vous at the Gallery for the private tour with the exhibition’s co-curator Dr Jennifer Sliwka.
From fourteenth-century grisaille stained glass and the rarely-seen monochrome shutters of Memling’s Donne Triptych (c.1478), left slightly ajar to allow a tantalising glimpse of the vibrant Madonna and Child within, to Olafur Eliasson’s Room for One Colour (1997): it was wonderful to have Dr Sliwka as our guide on this extraordinary journey through some 700 years of Western art. As well as telling us about the artworks themselves, Dr Sliwka gave us fascinating background to the exhibition and shared insight into the curation process.