Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Washington, D.C. - Day 2 (National Gallery of Art, etc.)

It's been a week since I've posted anything here; it's been a busy time for me, what with wedding / honeymoon planning and all.  I previously posted Day 1 of my three day weekend in our nation's capital, but I haven't loaded the rest of my photos.  If you hate art, turn back now, because this is my single biggest post ever, in terms of photos (thanks, new Blogger interface!).  

Also, since a few people have asked me lately, all of the art photos I post on my blog are my own photos of artwork (hence the occasional light flare).

 The interior of the National Gallery, surely one of the greatest values in the art world (like everything else in D.C., it's free!).

 Charles Sheeler's "Classic Landscape" (1931)

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's "The Visit - Couple and Newcomer" (1922)

 Amedeo Modigliani's "Head of a Woman" (1910/11)

Wayne Thiebaud's "Cakes" (1963)

A detail of one of the cakes

 Check out Thiebaud's use of paint to look like frosting.  One of the reasons he's my favorite living painter (at 91 years old)... another would be that he contributed to Google's doodles.

 Jackson Pollock's "Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist)" (1950)

 This trippy walkway connects the eastern and western buildings that make up the museum.

 The National Gallery owns one of the rare 36-piece set of busts by Honore Daumier that ridicules members of the French government by presenting them as caricatures.

 Here's one example.

 A detail of El Greco's "Madonna and Child with Saint Martina and Saint Agnes" (1597/99)

 El Greco's famous "Laocoon" (c. 1610/14)

 Paris Bordone's "The Baptism of Christ" (c. 1535/40)

 Jacopo Bassano's masterpiece "The Miraculous Draught of Fishes" (1545)

 Originally, I thought the billowing cape-wearer was Judas (given his pointy beard and incredulous look), but it turns out that it's St. Andrew.  Peter is obviously on his knees before Christ.

 The other disciples include James and John.

 Raphael's "Bindo Altoviti" (c. 1515)

Raphael's "The Niccolini-Cowper Madonna" (1508)

 Raphael's "The Small Cowper Madonna" (c. 1505)

Raphael's "The Alba Madonna" (c. 1510)

 Raphael's "Saint George and the Dragon" (c. 1506)

 Correggio's "Salvator Mundi" (c. 1515)

 Giorgione's "The Adoration of the Shepherds" (c. 1505/10)

A Florentine statue of Lorenzo de' Medici (1478/1521)

 Sandro Botticelli's "The Adoration of the Magi" (c. 1478/82)

A detail

 Leonardo da Vinci's "Ginevra de' Benci" (1474/78)

 Domenico Veneziano's "Saint John in the Desert" (c. 1445/50) = this painting is surprisingly small, by the way.

Duccio di Buoninsegna's "The Calling of the Apostles Peter and Andrew" (1308-11)

 Johannes Vermeer's "Woman Holding a Balance" (c. 1664)

 Pieter de Hooch's "The Bedroom" (1658/60)

 Adriaen Brouwer's "Youth Making a Face" (c. 1632/35)

Adam van Breen's "Winter Landscape with Skaters" (1611)

 Pieter Brueghel the Younger's "The Wedding Party" (c. 1610)

 Aelbert Cuyp's "The Maas at Dordrecht" (c. 1660)

 Gerrit Berckheyde's "A View of St. Bavo's, Haarlem" (1666)

 Rembrandt's "The Mill" (1645/48)

 Rembrandt's "Saskia van Uylenburgh, the Wife of the Artist" (c. 1634-40)

 Aelbert Cuyp's "River Landscape with Cows" (c. 1650)

 Frans Hals' "Willem Coymans" (1645)

 Judith Leyster's "Self-Portrait" (c. 1630)

 Peter Paul Rubens' "Daniel in the Lions' Den" (c. 1614/16)

 Hendrik Goltzius' "The Fall of Man" (1616) = notice the serpent to the right of Eve with the creepy face, as well as the goat, a symbol of disobedience.

 Hieronymous Bosch's "Death and the Miser" (c. 1485/90)

 "The Healing of the Paralytic" (c. 1560/90) by an anonymous Dutch painter

"The Marketplace in Bergen op Zoom" (1590/97), attributed to Abel Grimmer

 Quentin Massys' "Ill-Matched Lovers" (c. 1520/25)

 "Mary, Queen of Heaven" (c. 1485/1500) by the Master of the St. Lucy Legend

 Juan de Flandes' "The Baptism of Christ" (c. 1508-19)

 Jan Van Eyck's "The Annunciation" (c. 1434/36)

 Juan de Flandes' "The Temptation of Christ" (c. 1500/04) = notice the devil's horns.

 Rogier van der Weyden's "Portrait of a Lady" (c. 1460)

 Sebastien Bourdon's "The Finding of Moses" (c. 1650)

 Jean-Baptiste de Champaigne's "The Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence" (c. 1660)

 Claude Lorrain's "The Judgment of Paris" (1645/46)

 "The Raising of the Cross" (c. 1480/90) by the Master of the Starck Triptych

 Bartolome Esteban Murillo's "Two Women at a Window" (c. 1655/60)

 Canaletto's "The Porta Portello, Padua" (c. 1741/42)

 A fountain inside the galleries

 Jean Simeon Chardin's "The Little Schoolmistress" (c. 1740)

 Jean Honore Fragonard's "Diana and Endymion" (c. 1753/56)

 Jacques-Louis David's "The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries" (1812)

 Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun's "The Marquise de Pezay, and the Marquise de Rouge with Her Sons Alexis and Adrien" (1787)

 J.M.W. Turner's "Venice: The Dogana and San Giorgio Maggiore" (1834 - very early in his career)

 J.M.W. Turner's "Approach to Venice" (1844 - much closer to his famous style)

 Edward Hicks' "The Cornell Farm" (1848)

 Edward Hicks' "Peaceable Kingdom" (c. 1834)

 Gilbert Stuart's "George Washington" (c. 1821 - after Washington's death in 1799)

 Gilbert Stuart's "Thomas Jefferson" (c. 1821)

 Tourists gawk at John Singleton Copley's "Watson and the Shark" (1778)

 I thought it was appropriate to see this in D.C., given the game I would see the following day.

 Albert Bierstadt's "Lake Lucerne" (1858)

 George Catlin's "See-non-ty-a, an Iowa Medicine Man" (1844/45)

 George Caleb Bingham's "The Jolly Flatboatmen" (1846)

 John Singer Sargent's "Repose" (1911)

 Edward Hopper's "Cape Cod Evening" (1939)

 John Sloan's "The City from Greenwich Village" (1922)

 George Bellows' "New York" (1911)

 Another fountain in a courtyard

 Samuel Morse (inventor of Morse Code and the telegraph)'s "Gallery of the Louvre" 

 Notice the original location of the Mona Lisa, before it was given its own area behind bulletproof glass.

 Caspar David Friedrich's "Northern Landscape, Spring" (c. 1825)

 Edouard Manet's "The Railway" (1873)

 Mary Cassatt's "Girl Arranging Her Hair" (1886)

 Claude Monet's "Woman with a Parasol - Madame Monet and Her Son" (1875)

 Vincent Van Gogh's "Self-Portrait" (1889)

 After the museum, I went to the National Archives nearby, to see the Declaration of Independence and Constitution / Bill of Rights.  No photos allowed inside (too dark anyways).  I wasn't about to risk surreptitious photography when it could damage priceless objects, anyhow.

 I would next venture over to the National Museum of American History, which was closed the last time I was in D.C. (2007).

 Right across the street was the Environmental Protection Agency - the light was too perfect not to get a picture.

 The nation's first Washington monument, by Horatio Greenough

 A bit of information about it, plus a great photo

 The ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz (1939)

 Jim Henson's "Sam and Friends," the precursor to the Muppets (notice Kermit)

My camera battery was almost completely dead, so I couldn't zoom in to capture the light behind the Washington Monument.  But you get the idea.  After this I'd head to the Brickskeller (renamed the Bier Baron), a famous bar loaded with beers.  Sadly, I don't have any photos.

Coming up = game day with my friends who commuted just for the occasion.  Stay tuned.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Samuel Morse chose the paintings he would paint in "his" gallery of the Louve. He did not paint the gallery as it was, but chose the paintings he wanted to include and arranged them in his painting to his liking.