Wonderful photos of a child’s dress from the Fenimore Art Museum. Worn by Harriet Kezia Davis (9/3/1833- 5/20/1843). Harriet Davis was the daughter of Benjamin Davis, a sucessful Cherry Valley hatter. Cherry Valley, New York sits about 15 miles away from Cooperstown.
Oh it also comes with matching bonnet and pantalets! (No pictures of them yet!)
Brooklyn-based, French artist Franck Bohbot’s photography focuses on the beauty of public spaces. “Respect the architecture” captures the exquisiteness and significance of some of the most iconic buildings in history, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Palace of Versailles.
It’s a wonderful time to be an art student right now. Or an art appreciator, or just a regular person because the world of art is alive and abundant right now, brimming with bravery and brilliance. With some of the most retrospective exhibitions across the globe gracing the walls (and sometimes the floors, ceilings and windows) from Australia to America, there’s never been a better time to embrace art wherever you are, whatever you’re into. Here’s Lucca’s museum guide to getting inspired.
Many of us have felt the flash of embarrassment that comes when a
stern museum guard scolds us for getting too close to the artwork.
Paintings are for looking, not touching. It’s an understandable rule
that fends off grubby fingers, but unfortunately, it also sidelines
Museo del Prado has begun tackling this problem by doing away with those conventions entirely. Touching the Prado, an
exhibition put on in collaboration with the ONCE and AXA foundations,
invites visually impaired people to touch relief replicas of six
Visitors can run their fingers past the stiff, ruffled collar of Velasquez’s prim “Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest” (1580), over the billowing, silky skirt folds of the woman in Goya’s “The Parasol“ (1777), or across the enigmatic smile of the sitter in “La Giaconda” (1503 – 1519), a da Vinci workshop copy of the famous painting. They can also touch three-dimensional versions of “Noli me Tangere”
(1525) by Correggio,”Vulcan’s Forge” (1630) by Velasquez, and “Still
Life with Artichokes, Flowers, and Glass Vessels (1627) by Juan van der
Hamen. Braille wall text and an audio guide fully describing the works
offer additional context.
Most art museums don’t want you to touch or photograph their artwork, and for very good reasons. But in the Philippines there’s a museum that proudly says their artwork isn’t complete if you aren’t interacting with it and taking lots of photos in the process. Located in Manila, Art in Island is located in a former bus station and features all sorts of entertaining paintings, some of which are anamorphic in design and fill entire rooms. They’ve all been designed for interacting. Museum visitors are actively encourage to walk up and climb in, stand or sit on, and just generally have fun posing with the art in whatever creative ways they can imagine.
They say Disneyland is “The happiest place on earth.” We think Art in Island is definitely one of the silliest.
You want to see the Mona Lisa? I’ll show you the Mona Lisa.
When an adorable 5 year old girl enters the museum with her grandma for a scheduled tour, and enthusiastically informs you that she’s here to see the Mona Lisa.
The thing is, you don’t work at the Louvre. You don’t work in the same country, nor even on the same continent, as the Louvre.
And when you inform her that you have many lovely paintings, but not that particular one, you can *actually* see the despair flood her eyes.
which quickly starts to give way to epic tantrum meltdown, where she declares: “You don’t have the Mona Lisa here! THIS ISN’T EVEN A REAL MUSEUM, THEN.”
I know, kid. I know.
But wait! Instead of leaving this crying puddle of disappointment to drown in her own tears in your lobby, you try to engage. After a little one-on-one talk, you realize that she has decided that any painting of a pretty lady is the Mona Lisa.
So you adjust your tour on the fly to make sure you stop by several of the prettiest lady paintings, introducing them as…”This Mona Lisa’s name is…”
You can take a little piece of the Federal Government home with you. The phrase “cut through the red tape” comes from the actual act of cutting through red twill tape that used to bind U.S. government documents together.
The pieces of red tape in these souvenirs was taken from documents found at the National