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Tate Britain reveals recent refurbishment

Tate Britain got a new breathe of life this week as the boards were removed and the gallery portion that was closed off was open again. Once again visitors can now walk around the museum and see everything in full. It is hard to miss the chronological voyage as the opening date of 1540 is carved into the floor in gold and the final works placed in the museum are all contemporary art pieces.

The museum starts off with the grand Tudors and Stuarts offering some wonderful portraits of the younger lords and the classic Lady With a Squirrel and a Starling by Holbein. The latter artwork is a loaned piece that originates from the National Gallery. Other great works in the same gallery exhibit include Daniel Myten’s Earl of Arran and Marcus Gheeraert’s Captain Lee.

From here museum visitors move onwards into the 18th century where they will get to see some of the 18th century presented in a way that will resemble the National Portrait Gallery for those familiar with both. The deathless portrait of Hogarth that portrays servants alongside aristocrats is one that will stick out as are works by Joseph Highmore. Raeburn and the Scots in general however are not so clearly represented even though they played a large role in the time period.

Moving along to the 19th century the Victorians are notable and a work by Anna Atkins the first female photographer is a fragile piece of art. Also notable is a watercolour of a dead bird painted by Georgina Macdonald that is another grand piece from a woman artist. All in all, there are actually many pieces by women throughout the new Tate Britain even though it makes things a bit crowded and it is clear that the museum lacks enough intimate rooms to give every type of art its proper due.

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