Art, being subtle in sensibilities often surprises us and enamours us. Eighteenth-century art is something that one can broadly fit under Neoclassicism and Baroque style of art. Then the artists of this famed epoch turned their attention to creating more surprises. We get to see these in the Wallace Collection Museum in London. Strolling through the gallery, witnessing the artwork by Boucher (check the Setting of the Sun), and Watteau, we are smitten. However, is it all about just paintings? The museum boasts of its amazing collection of armours, furniture, and sculpture. Our attention turns to a few precious artworks that is just enchanting, and we begin to envy Lord Wallace’s collection soon.
Laughing Cavalier by Frans Hals, the Dutch Golden Age painter is an impressive painting that is a highlight at this museum. Though the identity of the model is unknown, the artist employs all the characteristics to make it an apt 18th-century marvel. The attention is given to the details of his silk costume, and his embroidered sleeves and lace cuffs call for attention.
The Ghosts of Paolo and Francesca Appear to Dante and Virgil, Ary Scheffer, 1835 is a marvellous work of oil on canvas. The painting shows a scene from Dante’s Inferno where Dante and Virgil are viewing Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta in hell. The couple is shown embracing in passion and is doomed. The scene is where Dante and Virgil ask a couple of the reason for their state. Any Scheffer wonderfully captured the scene’s essence on oil and canvas that we cannot pass without stopping by.
As we explore the museum, we come across the famous Willem van de Velde’s series of ship paintings. He has used all the techniques to give us the vivid specifications of various models of ships that were on the European waters. The Wallace Collection takes pride in presenting some of his art in the museum.
The museum has a gorgeous collection of Chinese vases and incense burners of the eighteenth and the early nineteenth century. They are made of sheet copper, cloisonné enamel and gilt copper. There is one in blue with minute floral patterns in vivid colours throughout.
Besides these, paintings of a group sitting out casually, the birth of Jesus, and the portraits’ collection are wonderful additions to this impressive Wallace Collection in London.