San Gimignano Study 28.5.15 matted and framed.
Definitely an experimental afternoon first day back in the studio today.
Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Allegory of the Good Government.
A naval battle scene by Spinello Aretino
After gelato in the Campo, an experience not to be missed, it was on to the Duomo…
…and a visit to the Libreria Piccolomini and its breathtaking frescos by Pinturicchio.From the Duomo we crossed the plaza to the 13th century hospital Santa Maria della Scala to see the moving frescoes in Pilgrims Hall by Domenico di Bartolo. Visit the Web Gallery of Art to see all of these remarkable frescoes and read the history of the hospital in this excellent paper by J H Baron published in the British Medical Journal in 1990. Finally one of the highlights of the day seen in the Cathedral’s Museum, the magnificent Maesta by Duccio de Buoninsegna. The painting was installed in the cathedral on 9 June 1311 and one person who witnessed the event wrote:
And on that day when it was brought into the cathedral, all workshops remained closed, and the bishop commanded a great host of devoted priests and monks to file past in solemn procession. This was accompanied by all the high officers of the Commune and by all the people; all honorable citizens of Siena surrounded said panel with candles held in their hands, and women and children followed humbly behind. They accompanied the panel amidst the glorious pealing of bells after a solemn procession on the Piazza del Campo into the very cathedral…
I have to admit I ❤️ Siena
P.S. Where’s Waldo is somewhere in the post – can you find him?
At the end of our Italian travels and before returning home to Vancouver from London what could be a better way to spend a day than by visiting three of my favourite galleries and being re-aquanted with some of my favourite paintings. My love for Impressionism and the Impressionists began as a fifteen year old schoolboy on a school outing to the Courtauld Gallery, so naturally our first stop was to Somerset House where the Gallery now resides.
Since this week’s Photo Challenge from The Daily Post asks us to “…share a peek of something — a photo that reveals just enough of your subject to get us interested. A tantalizing detail. An unusual perspective. Compel us to click through to your post to find out more!” I thought I would tantalize you with a selective peek at some of the Courtault’s finest that I photographed that day…
…before revealing the paintings in all their glory.
Here are their titles with links to some of them for those of you who would like to “find out more”.
LA LOGE – Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1874, THE PASSERS-BY – Raoul Dufy 1906, SELF-PORTRAIT WITH BANDAGED EAR – Vincent van Gogh 1889, LANDSCAPE WITH DEAD WOOD – Maurice de Vlaminck 1906, A BAR AT THE FOLIES-BERGERE – Edouard Manet 1881, ADAM AND EVE – Lucas Cranach the Elder 1526, ROUTE TOURNANTE – Paul Cézanne 1904, THE WHITE BOAT, ANTWERP – Georges Braque 1906, HORSES IN THE WATER – Georges Seurat 1883.
Then it was off to the National Portrait Gallery to see the Cézanne Portraits exhibition and a visit with Richard the Third, Queen Elizabeth the First and even the Bard himself, William Shakespeare.
Finally, it was time for the highlights of the day at the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square:
Leonardo da Vinci’s The Virgin of the Rocks, 1491, with my favourite sublime portrait of the accompanying angel.
Isn’t she beautiful?
It was quite a day as you can see, and after our Italian holiday what better way to finish than by visiting Room 38 to see Canaletto’s Venice: The Upper Reaches of the Grand Canal with S. Simeone Piccolo
I hope you have enjoyed peeking over my shoulder on our memorable day London.
Waterloo I 3.11.15 matted and framed.
Waterloo Station today.
It’s good to be back.
Mosaic Variation 12.6.15, matted and framed. Inspired by the floor mosaics of the Basilica San Marco in Venice
Returning to Venice next week but difficulty with Wifi so here is a taste of the last few days with lots more to follow when we return home.
A hillside in Tuscany remembered…31.1.16, matted and framed…
…as we head to the Tuscan hills for a few days.