Autumn pastimes

As the summer holidays ended, schools re-opened and for many work re-started though for others work had either never stopped or worse, had completely disappeared. Masks and social distancing were the new part of the normal. So were near-empty trains and queues for shops.

The National Gallery opened its postponed exhibitions – most notably the paintings of Artemesia Gentileschi (1593 – 1654) in its Sainsbury Gallery.

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Hers is an astonishing story of prodigious talent dogged by prejudice, sexual inequality, abuses and subsequent legal torture – the dreadful result of her father’s brave attempt to secure justice for her. Easily the match of her father, raised in Rome, she painted in Florence, in London (alongside her father, in the employment of Charles I) and finally returned to Rome.

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