Saturday, October 18, 2008

|Muse|um: Museum Weather

The afternoon air was lovely today; cool and crisp in the shade of Kerckhoff Hall's Gothic spires, warm and golden beyond it's trepid shadows. It was pleasant to sit on a low stone wall, reading in the sun, listening to the anticipatory chatter of passersby - talk of the big bonfire, debate over whether we'll beat Stanford, and the whirr of bicycle peddles. I half expected to look up and see those visages from the yearbook archives, sporting crew cuts and sorority cardigans. Yes, autumn is certainly setting in. And I've been soaking it up, in all it's bookish, brick and ivy glory, taking advantage of blustery gray days to venture out to studious destinations. And now, photos from a recent Saturday at the Getty:
Left: One of my favorite paintings in the collection. So often Dutch still life is dark and brooding, only an orange citrus fruit or a piece of steely pewter punctuates the blackness. But this one (Fruit Piece, Jan van Huysum), is so unabashedly colorful. Pink peonies and round green grapes, deep violet plums and a bright blue iris, bursts of red foliage and the rosy interior of a succulent pomegranate, all so vividly lifelike, flawlessly detailed. Right: In the gardens, a red orange rose.
{Top} Left: Cover of special exhibit booklet, Sur le motif: Painting in Nature around 1800. A small exhibit - my favorite part was a collection of several Prix de Rome sketchbooks, open to yellowed pages with airy sketches of Doric columns and ancient ruins rising out of an Italian landscape. Right: Stairwell.
{Middle}
Left: Cheerful bursts of pink dahlias in the garden; my favorite photo of the day. Right: A pink silken chair in the decorative arts gallery.
{Bottom} Left: Fallen leaf and water's edge, in the garden. Right: Cover of special exhibit booklet, Bernini and the Birth of Baroque Portrait Sculpture. Rooms of white three marble masterpieces on white plaster pedestals, lit from above, stark and vivid against walls of gray blue and slate.

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Tina Amato said...

C'est magnifique.

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing! :)

Grace@PoeticHome said...

How romantic and dreamy! I love the pieces you picked...the Getty is such a magnicient haven.

cindy : quaint said...

love the dutch still life and the staircase.

Crayonmonster said...

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-CM

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LILIE said...

Oh, I love the Getty. I think I will have to visit again when I'm in CA next month. Gorgeous photos!

Hazel Designs said...

Beautiful pictures!

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