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Y6 And the Perseus Story at Southampton City Art Gallery

Before we went to the wire workshop we went to a fancy room to hear the Perseus story! Alister from Southampton art gallery told the tale whilst we gazed at the paintings that hung on the walls. The strange room had been designed by the artist himself (Sir Edward Burne – Jones) he had said that the paintings had to be in a room without skylight, windows, or carpet and the walls had been decorated with wooden panels. The story of the paintings was very interesting. It all started when a young man, Arthur Balfour, asked the artist to paint the story of Perseus to hang in his London home. The man waited for a very long ten years but the artist  died before the paintings were finished. The whole series of paintings were never finished but the finished ones were sent to a different gallery.The drafts for the paintings were sent to the Southampton art gallery!