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Living Paintings

Works of Art from the Royal Academy

Suitable for: Adults

Sponsored by: The Vision Charity

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Enjoy this collection in the comfort of your own home. This ten-stop tour starts with the Royal Academy Renaissance treasure – Michelangelo’s Tondo Sculpture. The tour continues with an entertaining journey through the history of British Art, from Joshua Reynolds to Stanley Spencer, via Turner and Constable. And from the Cornish Coast to rural Sussex via Durham. Sit back and absorb yourself in some wonderful highlights from the Royal Academy’s permanent collection.

Listen to an audio clip

I hear Mr Johnson's little boy call "Harry, Harry" down below in the street and anon I hear his scuttling feet across the gravel as he runs past our house. Our back iron gate swings open and hits the ivied wall out of which it is built, with a bang, then quick steps up the passage, then the sound of the milk can opening and of the jug drawn off the window sill. Then I think of what joy is before me in a full day." 33 years later this piercing memory engenders "The Farm Gate" of 1950. Its subject is the scene watched wistfully from the bedroom window of Spencer's memory. Its focus is Spencer himself, newly married to his first wife, Hilda, standing by the wall of Ovey's farm. With great concentration Spencer struggles to secure the locking bar of the gate opened by Hilda.

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

Tondo Sculpture by Michelangelo
Portrait of the Artist by Sir Joshua Reynolds
The Tribute Money by John Singleton Copley
Boy and Rabbit by Sir Henry Raeburn
Durham Cathedral from the Bridge by William Turner
The Leaping Horse by John Constable
The Outcast by Richard Redgrave
A Mermaid by John Waterhouse
The Harbour Window by Stanhope Forbes
The Farm Gate by Stanley Spencer

What our members say

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A challenging range of difficult subjects to describe The marble carving of the Madonna and Child, The Outcaste, the Durham Cathedral are as wide a range as one could imagine and yet the technique of The Mermaid was described so well that the effect of the scales was easy to imagine. Library Member
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