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A bit of Europe has come to North Adelaide
Not being able to venture overseas does not mean that you have to miss out on European art. Instead of going to Europe, a little bit of Europe has now come to us with the introduction of Musee Exterieur - an outdoor art trail - through the affluent suburb of North Adelaide.
Beginning on King William Road, the trail travels along historic Melbourne Street, across the unique Adelaide Park Lands, and then down bustling O'Connell Street. It covers a total of ten different spaces where you'll find life-size reproduction of artworks by various artists from as early as the 15th century. Here's a map for your convenience.
First artwork on the trail is Thomas Henry's Portrait of a Woman inquisitively gazing out at the viewer from a wall of the Women's and Children's Hospital. She is a picture of health, and so aptly displays care and comfort for the hospital community.
Reading a Letter, by female artist Marguerite Gerard, is a modest scene of everyday life. Located just off Melbourne Street, it represents the perfect example of calm, peaceful and untroubled serenity in a home.
On the southern wall of Lincoln College, Italian Renaissance painter Filippino Lippi composes four biblical figures to resemble a cross in The Entombment. Christ is depicted in the centre, with mother Mary on the left, Mary Magdalene on the right and Joseph at the back.
And, last but not least, for something playfully quaint, why not feast your eyes on The Barber Surgeon's Shop near Glover Playground. There is so much in this painting that I bet you'll be spending a good chunk of time here. Take note of the glasses on the head barber's nose, as well as the instruments around his waist. Also, can you spot the bandaged paw of a cat? Could it really be true that the responsibility for doing surgical procedures was once assigned to barbers? I sincerely wonder.