One of his most memorable images from his travels here was the church of San Giorgio Maggiore (St George the Great) sketched in the early morning one day during his first visit to the city.
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London holds a remarkable history of over 2000 years. The agricultural crisis at the turn of the 20th century caused many aristocratic families to sell their paintings, but the British national collections were priced out of the market by American plutocrats. 26 This prompted the foundation of the National Art Collections Fund , a society of subscribers dedicated to stemming the flow of artworks to the United States. Their first acquisition for the National Gallery was VelÃ¡zquez’s Rokeby Venus in 1906, followed by Holbein’s Portrait of Christina of Denmark in 1909. However, despite the crisis in aristocratic fortunes, the following decade was one of several great bequests from private … Read the restRead more