We saw a review of the Carlo Crivelli - Shadows on the Sky in the Sunday Times and, being a great fan of the The Annunciation, with Saint Emidius (1486), we decided to visit the first UK exhibition devoted to the artist. Being in Birmingham, it meant a day off work, but, as a chance to see several of the Renaissance master's works together in one place, we decided to combine it with a visit to the rest of England's second city.
Director Jonathan Watkins has scored an amazing win: a contemporary art gallery in an impressive Victorian school building showing a British first of a Renaissance master who defies classification! It was great to see the works up close and even to photograph them. It was good for us that there were so few people around, but a shame for the gallery which had managed to assemble paintings from the Vatican, the National Gallery and elsewhere.
My wife also liked the other exhibition which was on at the same time, though I was not enamoured. However, Crivelli was the reason for going and we were not disappointed.