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Paintings from The Courtauld Institute Gallery

Suitable for: Adults

Sponsored by: The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Foundation

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Starting with an image of the magnificent 18th Century building that houses the secret treasure that is the Courtauld Gallery, this collection acknowledges the difficulty of chosing ten works, by including twelve! There is a special tactile board with examples of paint effects, brushwork and media used by some of the featured artists – who include Pieter Bruegel, Rubens, van Gogh and Gauguin.

Listen to an audio clip

In the world of the theatre, to take a box was to show that one was privileged. It was expensive and only seated a few people. Sometimes, as in this painting, it was reserved for just two people. A further privilege was to be able to withdraw to the back of the box where they had complete privacy; or to sit at the front and see and be seen by the audience. In this painting Renoir portrays a man and a woman sitting in their box. The young woman sits in front with her hand, in which she is holding her opera glasses, resting on the plush covered ledge at the front of the box. She is looking out at the viewer of the painting, not down at the stage. Her escort is a bearded gentleman in full evening dress sitting further back in the shadows.

What's inside

  • A collection of raised tactile pictures.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An A4 large print colour image pack or postcard pack.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Somerset House Facade by Sir William Chambers
Somerset House Details
The Coronation of the Virgin by Lorenzo Monaco
The Holy Trinity by Sandro Botticelli
Adam and Eve by Lucas Cranach the elder
Landscape with the flight into Egypt by Pieter Bruegel, the elder
The Family of Jan Bruegel the Elder by Sir Peter Paul Rubens
The Stigmatization of St. Francis by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
A Bar at the Folies Bergere by Edouard Manet
The Theatre Box (La Loge) by Pierre Renoir
Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear by Vincent Van Gogh
Nevermore by Paul Gauguin
The Montagne Sainte-Victoire by Paul Cezanne

What our members say

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Most Enjoyable Album I would like to say thank you for a most enjoyable album. I can't say 'thanks' enough for the paint effect samples in this album. I absolutely loved them and am still totally in awe. It is just amazing to feel this 3D effect on an almost flat surface. Adult Member
Lovely selection of paintings I have enjoyed them immensely. As ever, I found your texts, and their presentation by your readers, most interesting and delightfully clear. I also enjoyed feeling the panels illustrating the various painting techniques. Library Member
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