How to confuse wealthy people at an art event

Living in London means an easy access to culture thanks to hundreds of theatres, museums, galleries and concert halls. As a result Londoners are quite relaxed about their outfits when setting off for a cultural experience. It is simply part of everyday life.

So when I got an invite from Maryam to join her for an opening evening of an art exhibition, I didn’t spend much time pondering what to wear. A comfy sweater, black leggings, vintage looking white trainers and wind proof jacket. Obviously, I added some accessories –  a woolish hat from Primark and a small plastic bag to accommodate a book I am reading.

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But this time my extremely casual look was or too casual, or the attendees may have suspect I am an eccentric, Steve Jobs-like visionary and art-lover. Why? Because they all were as formal as the event itself and were quite confused how to categorized us, especially when we started moving our hands in front of each artwork to make interpretation more visual.

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So if you ever want to see wealthy people puzzled, take a note of my outfit that evening and wear to every single formal event. Also don’t forget about being quite expressive with your hand gestures. You will make an impact. Or they will not let you in.

Fun with art: suspicius Child vs. John the Baptist

Here is a piece of relief typical of many funerary monuments produced in and around Naples in the second half of 1300s. It is part of the Renaissance collection at V&A so if you really want you can find it in room 50a. The full version shows Virgin and Child between Saints James and John the Baptist but I limited the photo to the most interesting part.

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And that part is showing some tension between Child and John the Baptist. Just look at Child’s pose and eyes – he is a bit suspicious or maybe annoyed with the stuff John is saying. He even seems to be preparing to throw an apple at John; his one hand is on the fruit and the other one holding tightly to Virgin’s scarf to prevent him from falling down. Naughty Child.