I was at the V and A today.
The Sienese painter Bernardino Fungai (+c.1516) and his Virgin and Child with Two Saints gives us a nice Christological Goldfinch.
I think this is a Renaissance variation of “I am as happy as a bird with a french fry”.
Note the wonderful sense of the fabric.
They have the oldest surviving casket, perhaps a reliquary, depicting the martyrdom of St. Thomas Becket and the ascent of his soul.
They have a mitre which may have belonged to St. Thomas.
The V and A has 5 of Leonardo’s little notebooks. I make a comparison…
Fun. I spent hours in one gallery.
Then… after the impromptu blognic and supper with some of the folks who came… the ride home.