Gardens Galore In Painting Paradise At The Queen's Gallery
Londonist Rating: ★★★☆☆
Gardens have played a part in art over many centuries, from religious works featuring the garden of Eden to more recent portrayals of famous London gardens at Kew and Hampton Court Palace. This exhibition charts how the garden has been celebrated in art through paintings, books, manuscripts and other artefacts.
There are star names on display including drawings of plants by Leonardo da Vinci and a Rembrandt with Christ as a gardener, however our favourite work is the Garden of Eden by Jan Brueghel, where Adam and Eve are in the background and it's the multitude of animals which take centre stage.
This exhibition is filled with massive landscape paintings such as a sweeping Dutch garden and the grounds of Hampton Court Palace seen from an aerial perspective. Thomas Gainsborough has painted multiple characters in St. James's Park as 'polite company' is seen in the same scene with soldiers and prostitutes.
There's no doubt that much of the work is opulent and may be a bit too much for some visitors, but we love how the gallery has embraced this aspect and included flowers outside the entrance and a pergola within the exhibition. The works can be of mixed quality but this is an aesthetically pleasing and enjoyable show.
Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden is on at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace until 11 October. Tickets are £10 for adults, concessions available.
Last Updated 22 March 2015