Three of the usual attendees were already there and we chatted about other events. I was soon greeted by Marian whom I had met at a Wallace Collection workshop. Marian is from the West Midlands and is visually impaired. Marian also volunteers at the Barber Institute in Birmingham. (They have a nice collection of Flemish and Dutch Paintings which I am keen to visit.)
The angles and lines associated with each character with a line of gaze was described. Aspects of clothing were discussed and how Veronese had painted them. The bull was described as crouched down and turning his face towards Europa, he started to lick her feet. Images of Sarah Ferguson and other habits were hinted by some. I asked if the bull had had his horns gilded. (In the Odyssey Homer describes the scene with Telemachus at the court of Nestor in Pylos with Pisistratus at a banquet in which slaughter is made of a white, unblemished calf whose horns had been gilded prior to slaughter.) This Veronese bull was certainly garlanded but we were not sure about the golden horns. A zoom copy of the central characters was then given to each of us.
These Art through Words sessions allow peaceful study of a painting followed by a trip through the gallery. The social aspect is also important as we visually impaired people are also seen in the gallery.