Since becoming a Mum things I would have done in the past have changed somewhat, weekends were for lazing around watching the Antiques Roadshow or Country File in bed – yes I know that sounds boring but it really wasn’t plus there was always the chance that an antique would come up that I’d hidden around in a treasures box or would be something I could find at a car book sale.
I used to enjoy Saturday kitchen and pretend I was able to knock up those master pieces and holidays would be doing ones – adult things not theme parks or splash parks the kids would enjoy.
Our honeymoon was sent in Egypt visiting the Pyramids, the Sphinx, the Egyptian museum of Cairo, the Valley of the Kings and Queens, Abu Simbel – Temple of Ramses II, Luxor Temple, Temple Karnak, camel riding and we even had dinner with the Bedwin. Although on honeymoon we didn’t just lay around the pool or spend our time in our room, we saw the sights and embraced the culture.
On a holiday to Rome we walked for miles every day taking in all the sights, not wanting to miss a thing. We visited the Vatican, St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, we went to the Colosseum and of course through pennies into the Trevi fountain which was just outside our apartment room.
As much as we try to interest the children in arts and culture they just aren’t that interested at the moment, demonstrated when we took them to the British Museum during our last family trip to London, Harry was asking where all the dinosaurs were and although Emmy was more interested and happy to find out what she was seeing, she did get bored.
Art galleries would bore them to tears currently so when I was introduced to a new online art gallery that brings together more than 100 of history’s artworks in one place for the first time I was rather excited, using this which was produced by fine art specialist Cadogan Tate means I could show the children a few of the master pieces without the hassle or moans of I’m bored, can we go home now!
The free-to-view ‘Timeline of Art’ allows users to view a collection of paintings chosen from the early Renaissance era, right the way through to more recent works such as Andy Warhol’s famed ‘Pop Art’ collection. The online gallery has been handpicked for art-lovers to expand their artistic horizons without the hassle of having to scour the globe or the web to find and appreciate masterpieces.
Swipe to go to the next picture or choose from a different painting era, there are lots of interesting facts about each picture and about the artist. To expand on the writing just click on it and the full text will be revealed.
Every one of the 100+ paintings have been handpicked based on customers’ preferences, with the company using quantitative data taken from Google Trends to inform their decision on what should be included within the timeline.
The UK search engine’s data reveals the most popular UK searches for paintings online. Topping this list was early Renaissance favourite, the ‘Mona Lisa’ by Leonardo Da Vinci, which is searched for on average 486,000 times a year.
Following this is Edward Munch’s masterpiece, ‘The Scream’, which users search for byname over 145,000 times a year.
Of course these were the first pieces I showed to Emmy and she was genuinely interested in finding out more about them.
A spokesperson from Cadogan Tate, said:
“On behalf of our customers, we specialise in bringing iconic works of art together from different locations across the globe and we’re always looking for innovative ways to safely transport the world’s finest pieces to our customers.”
Through conversations with our customers, we felt a natural step was to create a mobile collection that anybody can access and enjoy, regardless of where they live, or their current level of interest in collecting art.
Of course there’s nothing like standing in the presence of an actual piece to appreciate the mesmeric beauty of the works we have chosen but we felt this medium would provide an excellent introduction and perhaps inspire viewers to seek out actual pieces that were of interest.”
It seems we may be on our way to weaning the children off of cartoons and more into a little culture, give it a few more years and I’m sure we will get them into a gallery without complaining.
Is this something you would use at home? Would your children be interested at all?