Saturday, June 30, 2012

Another post of my DC photos. It is always interesting
to see an actual work of art rather than a reproduction.
Certainly looking at this painting you realized what
a great artist da Vinci was and how far ahead of most
of the other artists he was at depicting people.
Because the gallery was arranged chronologically
we could see it would be 100's of years, in our minds,
before people were depicted as people and not the
rather chubby personifications of classical myths or
biblical stories.

 Ginevra de" Benci
Leonardo da Vinci

The next group we really enjoyed were the Northern Europeans.
I love the little crowds amid the winter landscapes. It is such
a romatic image everyone dressed up, no cold.

Sorry the photos an pretty bad but
I could not resist.

details from Adam van Breen (ca.1585-1640)
Skaters on the Amstel with a View of Amsterdam

"After the brief bivouac of Sunday,
their eyes, in the forced march of Monday to Saturday,
hoist the white flag, flutter in the snow-storm of paper,
haul it down and crack in the mid-sun of temper.
In the pause between the first draft and the carbon
they glimpse the smooth hours when they were children--
the ride in the ice-cart, the ice-man's name,
the end of the route and the long walk home; "

The Stenographers
P.K. Page


Detail of the interior of a Gothic Church
 Dirck van Deelen
He seemed to do a lot of church interiors.

"Walking sometimes in the streets of the town
I live in and thinking of the people who
lived here once and fill the space I fill —
If they'd painted white trails on the sidewalk
everywhere they went, it would be possible
to see them now."

                              Method for Calling up Ghosts
Al Purdy


Gary said...

Great post Guy. Sitting in isolation in the north you sometimes lose sight of some of the human achievements.Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Guy said...

Hi Gary

Thanks I really appreciate your comments.


Kathie Brown said...

Interesting group of paintings. The first one has a sweet, yet sorrowful face. I like the quote at the end about living in the town and filling up the space that someone else use to fill. It is an interesting thought and makes me even more cognizant of my mortality! But, I tend to think of stuff like this all the time, especially when I am walking through the woods or visiting a new place and I try to imagine how it look a hundred years ago or more, before all of our modern inventions and overbuilding and pollution!

Guy said...

Hi Kathie

We are at the farm this week so access is not great. But we are a long way from overbuilding. I have to admit I think more about the world and my place in it, the passage of time now as well. I think that is just part of the normal process. That is one thing I do like about those paintings looking at the people and dogs and wondering about their lives.

All the best.

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