Erato

Erato studied English at Cambridge and History of Art at the University of London. She has worked as a teacher, life model and film extra, and as a freelance writer and editor in international museum publishing. Her interests include writing fiction and poetry, and designing jewellery. She currently lives in central London.
The Young Dürer: Drawing the Figure at the Courtauld Gallery

The Courtauld Gallery's exhibition on Albrecht Dürer's drawings from 1490 to 1496 demonstrates the artist's extraordinary journey through Europe, transforming himself into a fully-fledged artist. This is not an easy show to digest, but some exquisite drawings are well worth seeing.

Friday 1st November 2013 Read more...
A master of the Thames in all its moods: Whistler and An American in London at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery's exhibition of Whistler's work during his period in London shows the influence of the city and the Thames on his outstanding riverscapes and etchings. 

Monday 28th October 2013 Read more...
Van Gogh in Paris at Eykyn Maclean

Eykyn Maclean Gallery opens an exhibition on Van Gogh's Paris years, between 1886 to 1888, demonstrating the profound transformation of his palette and style during this time. Including works by an impressive range of Van Gogh's Paris contemporaries, this is an admirably lucid and neatly-curated exhibition.

Monday 30th September 2013 Read more...
Pearls at the Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum's major Autumn exhibition travels from Qatar to present the history of pearls from Roman times to the present. While there are some lovely objects on display, the exhibition's design holds it back significantly. 

Thursday 19th September 2013 Read more...
Mexico: A Revolution in Art, 1910–1940 at the Royal Academy of Arts

The question posed by the Royal Academy's new exhibition, Mexico: A Revolution in Art, 1910–1940, is what role does art play, both in revolution and after? Bringing together works by Mexican and international artists at the forefront of new artistic movements, the exhibition explores the country's early 20th century cultural renaissance.

Monday 8th July 2013 Read more...
Go for the music, not the Vermeers: Vermeer and Music – The Art of Love and Leisure at the National Gallery

With only a handful of Vermeers on display, alongside rare musical instruments and works by his contemporaries, it's not for this Dutch master that you should visit Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure at the National Gallery. But if you do, the audioguide is essential, offering some truly fascinating snippets of interpretation.

Thursday 27th June 2013 Read more...
Birth of a Collection: Masterpieces from the Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the National Gallery

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham celebrates its 80th anniversary with an exhibition of its Old Master and 19th century paintings at the National Gallery. They're not all masterpieces, but this show is just big enough to see in a lunchtime.

Wednesday 29th May 2013 Read more...
Gallery-goers' heaven: A Postcard from Paris

Erato takes us on a tour of Paris's galleries and museums, and unearths the sparkling gems of its Springtime exhibitions. Skip the Louvre – there are well over 200 museums in Paris, so take some time to explore delightful Art Nouveau at the Pinacothèque, the jewel-like Sainte-Chapelle, or the museum of silverware.

Tuesday 7th May 2013 Read more...
The Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House, London

Full of unexpected corners and delightful collections of impressionist paintings, the Courtauld Gallery might just be the perfect place to spend a London afternoon. Their permanent collection includes exquisite works by Seurat, Manet, Degas, Gauguin, Van Gogh and perhaps the best Modigliani nude in the world.

Friday 19th April 2013 Read more...
George Catlin's American Indian Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery

George Catlin's "Indian Gallery" – recording and painting portraits of the native tribes of North America – comes from the Smithsonian to the National Portrait Gallery in a thought-provoking exhibition that explores Catlin's problematic attempts to document and interpret a rapidly-vanishing culture. 

Monday 11th March 2013 Read more...
The Cartoon Museum will make you laugh out loud

The Cartoon Museum, one of London's youngest museums, tells a layered and important story. Filled with original cartoons dating back to the 16th century this tiny space is filled with nostalgia and a distinctly English sense of humour. 

Tuesday 5th February 2013 Read more...
"The greatest work of art in all New York is New York itself": Postcard from NYC

Our reviewer Erato reports from the Big Apple on the city's top art galleries and museums: from the breathtaking Metropolitan Museum of Art, the unmissable Guggenheim, the massive Museum of Modern Art, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Met's peaceful satellite over the Hudson River, the Cloisters.

Wednesday 16th January 2013 Read more...
Postcard from Berlin

Our museums and visual arts critic Erato writes us a postcard from her trip to Berlin: a city that is an intriguing mix of past and present – and one that wears its history on its streets. Berlin is also full of some of the world's best museums and artefacts from the ancient world.

Monday 17th December 2012 Read more...
Postcard from Chicago: breezing through the Windy City's museums and galleries

Visiting Chicago? Erato reports from the Windy City, and aside from its stunning skyscrapers, riverbanks and "all that jazz", she tells us which art galleries and museums not to miss.

Wednesday 5th December 2012 Read more...
Grim treasures at Death: A Self-Portrait at the Wellcome Collection

Death is indeed a part of life, and the Wellcome Collection's latest exhibition breaks the taboos surrounding the inevitable, with stunning objects of art and relics. This show provokes a requestioning of how human beings around the world contemplate and interact with death: how do we live knowing that one day, we will die?

Saturday 17th November 2012 Read more...
Images 36: Best of British Illustration at Somerset House

Organised by the Association of Illustrators, Images 36 at Somerset House showcases the best, most beautiful and most innovative of British illustration of the past year. Proving that digital media has in no way removed the need for visual artists, the exhibition highlights the new possibilities of digital imagery and creativity.

Monday 8th October 2012 Read more...
The Museum of London Docklands: Full of unexpected twists and turns

The history of London's Docklands, like the course of its river, is rich in unexpected twists and turns. The Museum of London Docklands, itself a transformed sugar and tea warehouse over 200 years old, provides an absorbing experience for visitors, with a praiseworthy handling of Britain's role in the slave trade and sugar industry.

Wednesday 3rd October 2012 Read more...
Bronze at the RA

The Royal Academy's previous sculpture show, Modern British Sculpture, was a bit of a curate's egg. Hats off, therefore to the RA and David Ekserdjian, curator of Bronze, for having come surging back with such a superb exhibition to round off the year. This is a show that enlarges knowledge and changes understanding. It is not one to miss.

Monday 17th September 2012 Read more...
Titian's First Masterpiece at NG

The Flight into Egypt has been in Russia since 1768, and in conservation for more than a decade. Here it is shown restored not only in terms of its appearance, but in terms of its historical context too. It’s engaging and accessible, and it displays a work that after its present outing will not travel again in our lifetimes.

Thursday 5th April 2012 Read more...
On the Couch: Lucian Freud Portraits, National Portrait Gallery

Anyone wishing to know how Freud came to be an artist will get closer to an answer here than from any number of books. It sends visitors out into St Martin's Place questioning the sense of the words 'portrait', 'naked' and 'nude'. On the strength of this show, Freud might have been a painter of almost anything. Go see this show - this is not one to be missed.

Monday 13th February 2012 Read more...
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