I was passing the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace and so dropped in to see the exhibition In Fine Style just before it closed. So glad I did – absolutely knocked out by the sumptuous silks and dazzling jewels in the Tudor and Stuart court portraits. They knew how to cut a dash in those days!
But it made me wonder about the humans inside these costumes, their images frozen in time. What about their emotions, love lives, worries and stresses? The Gallery has tried a novel way to connect them with our contemporary world. Now I’m a Mozart sort of guy so I was a bit suspicious to see the audio-guide includes tracks chosen by XFM Radio DJ Eddy Temple-Morris. Eddy studied Art History at the University Of London and
has kept a keen interest in the subject over the years. He has chosen 12 tracks, inspired by 12 of the paintings in the exhibition, turning a contemporary musical mirror on the exhibition – reflecting the emotions, insecurities, lusts and melancholy he sees in the portraits. An interesting way to bridge the centuries and works well, I think.
Never thought I’d be quoting Lana Del Rey, but here goes:
‘Blue jeans, white shirt
Walked into the room – you know you made my eyes burn…’