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The Great British Art Tour: Beethoven s Leonore battles the darkness for liberty and light

With public art collections closed we are bringing the art to you, exploring hidden gems from across the country in partnership with Art UK. Today’s pick: Underworld (An Escape) at GlyndebourneThe British artist ​Tom Hammick is first and foremost a storyteller. With a visionary understanding of the printmaking medium and a beautiful Technicolored palette, he weaves together references to opera, poetry, cinema, architecture, myth and memory.In ​Underworld (An Escape), ​a monumental hand-tinted woodcut measuring almost two metres, Hammick’s work was inspired by Beethoven’s ​Fidelio​. Premiered in 1805, the opera follows the plight of Leonore, whose husband Florestan has been arrested and imprisoned for attempting to expose the corruption of his rival Don Pizzaro. Leonore disguises herself as a man and takes a job at the prison, eventually rescuing Florestan in a musical cry for freedom. Continue reading...


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