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Worcester Art Museum By Train: ‘Love Stories from the National Portrait Gallery, London' (meet@9:35)

Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 9:35 AM
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...Join BHV members Joan Doucette and John Mathurin on a commuter rail trip to the Worcester Art Museum.


This fall the Worcester Art Museum (WAM) opens Love Stories from the National Portrait Gallery, London, an exploration of the role of love in some of the greatest masterpieces of Western art. This pioneering exhibition will present masterpieces from the Collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London, in an innovative exploration of love's role in the creation of some of the greatest masterpieces of Western art by artists such as Sir Joshua Reynolds, Angelica Kauffmann, David Hockney, Lee Miller, and Sam Taylor-Johnson, among others. Organized thematically with works spanning from the late 16th century to the present day, it will make the argument that ideas of love and desire have been critical to the development of portraiture since the genre's emergence in the English Renaissance. More so than other art forms, portraits—sometimes given as tokens of love—offer visual records of relationships, celebrate key moments like engagements and weddings, and serve as memorials to deceased or absent lovers.

At the heart of this exhibition is a series of real-life love stories, captured through the likenesses of sitters—from the 16th-century to storied couples like David and Victoria Beckham, Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, and John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Each of the love stories sheds light on a different aspect of romantic love and the role of portraits within it through images which capture artists' obsessions with their muses to those that record tragic love affairs or celebrate the triumph of love against the odds.

From notions of romantic love as a dangerous illness at the beginning of the modern era, to today's celebration of romance as a means of finding fulfillment in life, this exhibition ultimately reveals love as a constant and defining element of the human experience over the past 450 years.


Meet promptly (with your packed brown bag lunch) at South Station at 9:35 a.m. for the 9:55 a.m. train to Worcester. If you plan to buy a lunch at South Station to take with you please allow adequate time. Please purchase your own roundtrip train tickets at South Station. Estimated arrival in Worcester at 11:21 a.m. 

Upon arrival at the Worcester station, Karen Andersen Walsh, Travel Trainer with the Worcester Regional Transit Authority, will meet our group in the lobby at the foot of the train arrival platform stairs and escort us on to the free WRTA bus and on to the Worcester Art Museum. There is an elevator available at Union Station to take between the train platform and the lobby area level one floor below.

It is a few minutes-walk between Union Station and the adjacent WRTA Hub bus platform next door. Our walk between the bus stop and the museum will take approximately five minutes. If you plan on taking an UBER/Lyft from Union Station on to the museum instead of the bus please let allie know.

Pack your own brown bag lunch to eat in the Museum Cafe area, which is closed until further notice, but will have plenty of seating.

At the end of our museum visit, Karen of the WRTA will meet our group, this time on the museum steps, and lead us back to Union Station by bus. Return on the 3:00 p.m. train (next train is at 4:00 p.m.). (Estimated arrival back to South Station 4:15 PM.)

This is a member-led trip.
BHV members and their guests. Space is limited. Please pay individually.