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Ideas for Culture Buffs

Updated: Jun 22, 2020

Some suggestions for Next Week's Diary, to be enjoyed from the comfort of your armchair - wherever you are in the world.

Nurses at the National Gallery

To mark International Nurses Day on Tuesday, which coincides with the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, this online exhibition features a handful of works from the National Gallery (pictured above) collection depicting doctors and healers. Among them is Tobias and the Angel (c 1470-75), from Verrocchio’s workshop, which shows Raphael explaining that the fish dangling from Tobias’s hand can be turned into a cure for his father’s blindness.

3D Courtauld Gallery

Although London’s Courtauld Gallery has been closed since 2018 for a major overhaul, it is possible to view each room, exactly as it was prior to the renovations, via a virtual tour. The collection is well-regarded for its Impressionist and Post Impressionist paintings, but also includes many Renaissance and Modern British gems.

Marianne Crebassa

This French soprano makes a fabulous sound with a radiant top range and a luxuriantly dark low register, which she deployed to terrific effect in this concert with Turkish pianist Fazil Say filmed only four months ago. It was full of gems of the French song repertoire from Debussy, Fauré, Ravel and others. Monday 11 May 7.30pm,

Guillaume Tell

Based on the legend of the sharpshooting Swiss freedom fighter of the Middle Ages, Rossini’s final opera is a magnificent epic, prefaced by its famous overture and containing some of his noblest music. Presented here in a 2013 production directed by Graham Vick, it features Nicola Alaimo in the title role, with superstar Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez and Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka as the love interest. Michele Mariotti conducts.

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