7. The world of painting Listening


Why do people go to the museums and galleries? — Submerge yourself in beauty, culture, style, ideas, musings... The thing is. rarely can you even touch the object in a museum, and there is a distance between the object/art and the viewer, this glass case or rope between.

Which famous museums do you know? — The famous world museums are the Amerbach-Cabinet in Basel, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the British Museum in London, the Louvre in Paris, the Hermitage in St Petersburg, and the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

Which of museums have you visited?

— Four years ago I visited the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

Exposition of which museum would you like to see? — I would you like to see the expositions of the Louvre in Paris. What makes people create works of art? — I think that people create works of art because they like painting most of all.

What makes people collect them?

— People collect them because it is very popular between the rich people.

What makes people go to see them in museums and other places? — People want to be a broad-minded person, that’s why they go to the museums.


1. Do you need to buy a map? — Yes, I do. I need to buy a map.

2. What should you visit first? — You can’t visit the Louvre and not see the Mona Lisa, but my tip would be to see it first.

3. When should you see the galleries that most interest you? Why? — When you’ve done that, use the plan to look for the galleries that sound most interesting to you, and spend the morning visiting them, when you have plenty of energy.

4.   Where can you have lunch? — I have lunch at one of the reasonable priced cafe.

5. What should you do in the afternoon? — I spend the afternoon relaxing and finding surprises without looking at your map.

6. Can you take photographs? — Yes, I can. I can take photographs.

7. Do you have to pay for audio guides? — Yes, I do. I have to pay for audio guides.

8. What do you have to remember if you borrow one? Why? — You need to remember which one you got it from, as you must return it to the same one to get your credit card or passport back.


One of the greatest museums in London, the National Gallery is a solid day’s worth of culture and exploration. The National Gallery in London was founded in 1824 and houses a rich collection of over 2300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900 in its home on Trafalgar Square. The gallery is an exempt charity, and a non-departmental public body of the Department for Culture. Media and Sport. Its collection belongs to the public of the United Kingdom and entry to the main collection (though not some special exhibitions) is free of charge. Easily accessible from the Charing Cross Tube al Trafalgar Square, it is truly a majestic building by itself. Without question, splurge the few quid and get the audio guide. It is full of interesting titbits and information that you can’t get by simply reviewing the captions next to the artworks. Tip: you can use your own iPod/iPhone ear buds if you’d prefer to avoid a stranger’s cooties. Neatly organized by century and by artist, you can take your time and appreciate each piece on an individual basis. What`s amazing is how approachable they arc. Even the classics, a simple rope line 18 inches from the wall. You can just about stick your nose right up to the Van Gogh and view the texture of each awesome brush stroke. Rubens. Picasso. Monet. Botticelli. Some of the images that even to an uncultured hick like me are instantly recognizable. On a busy day (Sunday on a bank holiday weekend), expect a good crowd around the best known works. You’re going to have a hard time getting face time with Van Gogh’s ’Sunflowers', but a few steps away is 'A Wheatfield with Cypresses’that shouldn't be missed. The audio guide informed me that Van Gogh painted it from his room in a mental asylum.