National Portrait Gallery
BP Portrait Award 2008
I spent a long time at this exhibition, looking at methods, moods and motifs. The writeup on each piece says where the artist studied and to what level, which now feels so much more attainable.
Hadrian: Empire And Conflict
A similar story here. I had never paid much attention to sculpture: it seemed a distant and magical talent. This exhibition was full of busts of emperors and their lovers. Now I'm looking forward to trying it out.
Victoria & Albert Museum
I wandered without aim but paid particular attention to the textile library; Islamic illustration & tiles; leafy patterns on jugs, paper and stained glass and an exhibition on theatre set design and costume.