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Royal Academy of Arts
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Owner description: Founded in 1768, this thriving center of artistic excellence is the oldest fine arts institution in Britain, whose exhibitions attract over a million people each year.
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“Great hidden place to visit!”
Reviewed November 21, 2013

Non-members are allowed in after 4pm. And for a lovely meal, drinks at the bar or coffee, you can't beat it. We went to the bar and the drinks were incredible -- all fresh ingredients. You can sit inside or out. The setting is incredible. You can tour the school. Even the bathrooms are neat, tucked away in old wine cellars -- a great experience.

Visited November 2013
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“Australian Art and the Daumier exhibition”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

Both these exhibitions are really good. The Australian one is pretty comprehensive and the Aboriginal exhibits are very impressive. The Daumier exhibition is very revealing of the man and his times and shows him to be much under appreciated. He seemed to be the master of every medium he touched. Allow plenty of time to visit - there is a lot to see.

Visited November 2013
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“Awesome Australian Exhibition”
Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

Having just returned from visit to Australia I was keen to see exhibition. Wow. ...I loved it . Timed ticket meant plenty of space to view pictures. Good information panels in each room. Would recommend this exhibition to anyone.

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London, United Kingdom
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“Honoré Daumier”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

If you don't fancy the big Australian Art exhibition on at the RA, upstairs is "Visions of Paris" a small exhibition of a 19th C French artist famous for his caricatures and political cartoons as well as his paintings. He was a republican who lived in a working class quarter and observed the life of the ordinary folk living around him. This exhibition does not show some of his very funny cartoons of the troubles living in rented flats in Paris, but may leave you wanting to find out more. Daumier's cartoons were so controversial he was occasionally censored and once spent time in prison for making fun of the king. The exhibition is on until 26 January 2014.

Visited November 2013
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“The Only Michelangelo Sculpture in London”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

The only sculpture by Michelangelo in England is to be found in the Royal Academy - it is an early sculpture by the Master, and is housed in the Sackler Wing of Galleries upstairs on the second floor at the Royal Academy of Arts.

The Taddei Tondo marble relief was begun , but as so often was the case - not completed , by Michelangelo Buonarroti in 1504-06.

It shows the Virgin and Child with the Infant St John the Baptist - who is offering the Baby Jesus a goldfinch - the symbol of the Passion and Christ's Crown of Thorns - and the Christ child is momentarily recoiling in horror from this terrible prediction.

Royal Academy of Arts is Britain's National Academy of Art. It was founded in 1768 by George III It's first president (1768 – 92) was Sir Joshua Reynolds.

Initiated in 1789 the The Royal Academy Schools form the oldest art school in Britain, and still offer the only 3-year postgraduate art course to students.

It has two galleries for exhibitions - including the famous "Summer Exhibition" where amateur artists can be hung in the same building - if not the same room - as full RA members.

It is always worth seeing the minor (smaller) exhibition on the second floor as well as the larger one on the first floor - they are often as good - if not better - than the main event and that is the floor where the Michelangelo is on the wall.

They have two restaurants and a Members Room - the lunches are healthy and wholesome and not over priced!

Visited September 2013
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