The National Gallery goes viral

May 9 2022

Video: The National Gallery

The National Gallery's YouTube videos are really good these days, and can quickly generate tens of thousands of views. But I see that one from a few weeks ago has exploded with over one million views already. It's presented by Francesca Whitlum-Cooper, The Myojin-Nadar Associate Curator of Paintings 1600–1800, and looks at the c.1470 Swabian School Portrait of a Lady of the Hofer Family. The title to the video helps explain why it's such a catchy and appealing hit, 'Why does this lady have a fly on her head?' It's a great piece of art history for the digital age, bravo Francesca!

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