In the Belgian city of Ghent to see the amazing restoration work on the Ghent altarpiece, van Eyck’s ‘Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’. The restoration has removed all the sixteenth-century over-painting revealing van Eyck’s original colours.
Van Eyck ‘Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ (completed 1432)
Restoration work being carried out on the main panel
Before and after restoration
At the Palais des Beaux-Arts in the northern French city of Lille to see its permanent collection. It is one of the largest art museums in France and has an excellent collection of paintings and sculpture from antiquity to modern art.
Dirk Bouts ‘The Ascension of the Elect’ (c.1450)
Dirk Bouts ‘The Fall of the Damned’ (c.1450)
Francisco Goya ‘Time of the Old Women’ (c.1808 – 12)
Gustave Courbet ‘After Dinner at Ornans’ (1849)
Edouard Manet ‘Berthe Morisot with a Fan’ (1874)
Fernand Leger ‘Two Women with a Blue Vase’ (1935)
Back in Girona for an all-Mozart concert at the Palau Auditorium with the Hungarian National Orchestra under János Kovács. The ‘Requiem’ was particularly excellent.
Mozart: ‘Adagio and Fugue in c minor’; ‘Jupiter Symphony’; ‘Requiem’.
Relaxing in the Spanish fishing port of Denia.
In the picturesque Spanish city of Girona for the exhibition ‘Flemish and Dutch Art of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries’.
Houses along the river Onyar
Pieter Bruegel the Younger ‘Peasants Dancing around the Maypole’ (c.1620)
Jan van Ravesteyn ‘Portrait of Pieter van Veen with his Son and Secretary’ (c.1620)
In the delightful medieval fortified town of Penne d’Agenais in the Lot-et-Garonne region of south-west France, with its very impressive basilica.
In the city of Toulouse, known as ‘La Ville Rose’ after the distinctive pink stone used to construct many of its buildings. Especially impressive are the central square, Place du Capitole, and the eleventh-century Basilique Saint-Sernin.