Monday, September 30, 2013

The New Yorkers

Saturday, September 28, 2013

At the Met

The first thing Bill and I wanted to see at the Met was the new installation of the European Galleries. The entrance to the galleries is right at the top of that massive central staircase, opposite the main entrance. The first room is hung with a set of huge paintings by Tiepolo. That's The Triumph of Marius (1729) in the background.

Also in the room is Tiepolo's Glorification of the Barbaro Family.

We asked the guard how the rooms were laid out. He told us they were arranged by region, with the north on the left and Italy on the right. We decided to begin in the north and immediately came upon this wonderful double portrait of the Count and Countess of Egmond (c. 1516) by a Netherlandish painter.

This pair of portraits of Tommaso di Falco Portinari and his wife, Maria Portinari by Hans Memling was along the same wall.

In the next room I admired this triptych, The Penitence of Saint Gerome (1512-1515) by Joachim Patinir

with its wonderful landscape.

Bill admired this winter landscape by Salomon Von Ruysdael

with it's fascinating view of people skating on a frozen river painted around 1650.
Bill caught me in this room full of Caravaggio's.
I caught him with this Annunciation (c. 1400) by the Workshop of Rogier van der Weyden.
Much as we love the paintings and the installation of the rooms in the Metropolitan Museum of Art
We also love the people in the rooms.
The Annunciation (1465-1475) by Hans Memling.
Esther Before Ahasuerus (c. 1630) by Artemesia Gentileschi.
Wolf and Fox Hunt (1616) by the Workshop of Peter Paul Rubens.
The Opening of the Fifth Seal of the Apocalpse (1608-1614) by El Greco.
All the galleries are now painted in appropriate hues of grey.
A wall of Rembrandts.
The rehanging of the galleries incorporated space previously given to temporary shows, so the Met now has room to display previously stored paintings including some that are fascinatingly unfinished like this Virgin and Child with Saints (c, 1472) by a Netherlandish painter.
And this strangely modern detail in Tintoretto's Doge Alvise Mocenigo Presented to the Redeemer.


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Two NYC Taxis

On Madison Avenue this morning

And on 10th Avenue tonight.


Monday, September 9, 2013

Livia's Fridgidarium

One of John and my favourite treasures in the Museo Nazionale Romano in Rome 
is the fridgidarium from Livia's Villa, 1st century A.D.
The underground dining room is surrounded by splendid trompe d'oeil frescoes
giving the impression that one is in a lush garden.
The details of birds, flowers and fruit are unforgettable.