We are members of the National Museums Liverpool membership scheme and attended Christopher Wright’s talk entitled, 'A Collector’s Eye – Cranach to Pissarro', at the Walker Art Gallery. We certainly had our cultural palates stimulated to an unprecedented degree.
The evening got off to a good start with a welcoming complimentary drink in the gallery café, which always gets people into a receptive mood! We then went into the exhibition space where we were welcomed by Sandra Penketh, who gave us a very good introduction to the talk and our invited speaker.
When Christopher took to the podium we were all transported on what could only be described as an artistic juggernaut, which commanded our rapt attention for over forty-five minutes. The scope and breadth of his knowledge was amazing and we were taken on a journey into the world of private collecting. He talked about identifying, cataloguing and restoring of masterpieces whilst also giving humorous and illuminating insights into a world which often appears to be shrouded in mystery.
It is indeed an honour and a privilege to hear a person as erudite as Christopher Wright describe his world of work in such a light-hearted, yet significantly meaningful manner. It is one thing to be an academician, but to be able to communicate one’s knowledge, together with a high degree of enthusiasm is another matter and Christopher certainly has these capabilities.
This was one of those all too rare experiences, likely to become even rarer owing to prevailing economic circumstances. For those of us who were fortunate enough to be in attendance, it was an unforgettable experience.