Monday, April 11, 2016

Seek and Ye Shall Find

The National Gallery is beautiful and expansive!
Our recent adventure started with a video "Tim's Vermeer" which was loaned to us by J.Paul and Alessandra. It talks about Tim Jenison's project to duplicate a  photo-realistic Vermeer painting using techniques the painter may have used. We thought it would be fun to find the Vermeers that are on display in London. We found there are 4 here. One is in the Queen's collection in Buckingham Palace so we had to cross that one off of the list. The next two were in the National Gallery and so off we went.
The trick was to find the correct room
After a little searching we found the first of the Vermeer paintings
The second was in an adjoining room
 The 4th and final Vermeer in London was located at Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath. To get there required a tube ride, bus, and a bit of a walk.
Kenwood House
Library at Kenwood House
Linda gets a bit of history. The Vermeer is in the background
Speaking on Easter Sunday Bro. Ian Clark spoke about a painting in the National Gallery by Michelangelo Caravaggio entitled, “Supper at Emmaus” portraying the moment that the disciples, who had walked with a stranger, recognized the resurrected Jesus Christ when he broke bread with them. We decided to find this painting as well.
Back to the National Gallery
We stopped at a few Van Gogh's along the way
Supper at Emmaus by Caravaggio
Imagine our delight when Elder Renlund spoke about this episode in General Conference explaining how we come to know the Savior through partaking of the Sacrament.

He said,  "I invite you to attend sacrament meeting each week and partake of the holy emblems of the Savior’s body and blood. I invite you to feel God’s nearness as He is made known to you, as He was to the disciples of old, in the “breaking of [the] bread...As we draw closer to God, the enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ will come into our lives. And, as with the disciples on the way to Emmaus, we will find that the Savior has been nearby all along."

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