I had two instances of yearning this week.
My nephew’s Facebook status was “Off to Top of the Rock and MOMA” His days as a resident of New York City are almost complete; he’s playing the tourist before he goes off to grad school. MOMA is the Museum of Modern Art, home of van Gogh’s famous piece The Starry Night. Oh. (sigh) Wouldn’t it be grand to stand in front of that painting and absorb it? To see the brush strokes and shades of blue?
I lunched with a friend back from a visit to Scandinavia and northern Europe. She spoke of the glory of seeing several Rembrandts at the Hermitage. The State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world. Thank you very much, Catherine the Great! [Saint Petersburg is quickly inching its way up into my top cities I want to visit. Florence is first. Then it’s a scramble between Budapest, Paris, London, NYC, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Athens, Dubrovnik, Ephesus, Cape Town…and, of course,…Saint Petersburg.] I sat there, sipping iced tea, and imagining a day at the Hermitage, the leisure to linger in front of Return of the Prodigal Son examining details like the bottom of the prodigal son’s feet. I yearned.
Then, mirabile!, thanks to Meghan at Pink Peppers I learned about Google’s Art Project. Start by watching the Visitor’s Guide.
Oh, people! Do you see the possibilities? The challenge is that there is so much to see. It’s like getting a set of Harvard Classics delivered to your door; it’s easier to look at them than to begin reading. I’ve been wanting to revive Fine Art Friday and this seems like the perfect vehicle. Next week I will start a visit to The Hermitage. I have a focus.
Life is beautiful.
Makoto Fujimura – The Art of “The Four Holy Gospels” from Crossway on Vimeo.
We, today, have a language to celebrate waywardness,
but we do not have a language, a cultural language,
to bring people back home.
~ Makoto Fujimura
As a reluctant, incipient appreciator of nonrepresentational art, I find this somewhere between intriguing and exciting. I plan to save up for The Four Holy Gospels.
Here is a link to a preview.
I am delighted with these board books!
They tell a story using the artist’s illustrations.
They just came in the mail today
so I haven’t given them a “test drive”
with my grandsons yet.
I can’t imagine the boys will be impressed with Degas’ ballerinas.
I’m guessing Henri Rousseau’s sailboats, jungles, monkeys and deer
will wow them. And Van Gogh is especially lovely.
Mary Cassatt just IS my favorite Impressionist.
This book ends with Breakfast in Bed
I should think it would be a calming bedtime story.
At the time of writing, there were 17 used Monet books for $0.01!
It costs $3.99 for shipping.
12 used Renoirs selling for $0.01!
In the Garden with Van Gogh
15 used Van Goghs selling for $0.01!
It has First Steps
, Starry Night
, and Irises
I’m particularly fond of this book.
Good for boys and girls.
Dancing with Degas
21 used Degas books selling for $0.01!
Wouldn’t this make a cute baby gift?
I’m participating in Saturday Review of Books
Shoot, I buy/swap/borrow many books because of reviews there.
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