Walking through Buckingham Palace is walking through a gigantic art gallery. Gorgeous paintings adorn every wall, just family after family after portrait after family. You could stare at them for hours, if not for the audio tour prompting you along to the next tidbit of history it wants to give you about the next room, which only makes sense if you keep walking through the archway and turn to the left.
At one point, I paused my audio litany, noticing one it hadn’t mentioned. It was a striking portrait of a gentleman who looked like a knight, something like this:
(The one above was taken from www.iconsofeurope.com Buckingham Palace doesn’t allow photos–no way to know.)
Anyway, I stopped and turned to one of the unspeakably bored security people and asked politely who the painting was of. She replied that that was one of the few they didn’t know, either the artist or the subject depicted. It was placed high, above the door I believe, and didn’t lend itself to close scrutiny on my part. Just my luck, I thought, I ask about the one painting they don’t know.
But, with the advent of the internet and Google image search, I can troll endlessly! And did, having an abundance of time and receding headache tonight. That portrait of Sir Peter Paul Rubens is the closest I’ve come. It is striking, isn’t it?
In other news, there is no perfect angle to photograph Rodin’s ‘The Kiss’ from. The one in the Tate Modern is fantastic, but only if you can wander around it, 360 degrees, and see all the angles. That’s right… I really should have a postcard of it somewhere. Have to find that.