Tools of the Trade
If you are going to be in New York City before October 9th, you must take the time to see Heavenly Bodies, an exhibit at two locations of the Metropolitain Museum of Art. Today I went to The Cloisters, part of the Met, to see what is actually the second part of the show. Medieval art and architecture are juxtaposed with 20th and 21st century haute couture fashion. Incredible. I can’t wait to see the rest tomorrow.
The Cloisters is a combination of architectural elements from European medieval churches and church related buildings, including four complete French cloisters. I don’t have a lot of information on each area.
Apse from a Spanish church. Wedding dress by Balenciaga. Wonderful lighting design.
By Viktor & Rolf, Dutch, 2018, original design 2000.
Thom Browne, wedding dress, in hall of unicorn tapestries. The Unicorn in Captivity, c. 1495.
John Galliano, House of Dior, 2006, inside staircase possibly belonging to King Francis I. Design relates to Machiavelli, whose writing were outlawed by the church.
Valentino, 2015 and The Annunciation triptych. Painting, workshop of Robert Campin, c.1427.
House of Dior, 2018, original design 1961, Marc Bohan. Wedding dress.
A few of my other favorites.
The last one is by Alexander McQueen, 1997/1998.
On a side note. I am so pleased with the quality of the photos from my new Samsung 9+. Only one of the photos has been edited
As some of you may know from old posts, I am non religious but I love old churches and religious art and objects. Three churches have stood out for me in the last two days and all are quite different.
Catholicism played a big role in both the development and the expansion of Portuguese culture. It has only been since the 1970s, and the end of a long term dictatorship, that church and state were finally separated.
I’ll start with my favorite so far.
Unremarkable on the outside, the mid-16th century Church of St. Roch is an explosion of gold on the inside. While the simple floorplan follows the Jesuit auditorium-church plan, the interior decoration is flamboyant Baroque.
The single nave has a flat wooden ceiling with false domes painted on it. Eight side chapels line the nave.
The Chapel of St John the Baptist, ordered by King Juan V in 1540, was constructed in Rome, blessed by the pope, then disassembled and shipped to Lisbon on three ships. It was said to be the most expensive chapel ever built at the time.
The three large paintings are actually micromosaic copies of paintings. The altar frony is lapis lazuli. Most of the altar decorations are gold or gilt silver or bronze.
Many of the valuable or fragile altar good and vestments made for use in the chapel are now housed in the museum adjoining the church.
The other seven side chapels are also splendid, and gold leaf predominates.
Chapel of Our Lady of Piety.
Chapel of Our Lady of the Doctrine
Gold, diamond and amethyst item in museum.
Join Jennifer’s Color Your World 2018: 120 Days of Crayola, a 4 month (January 1, 2018 to April 30, 2018) blogging challenge event. Each day has a new color theme based on a past or current crayon color in Crayola’s box of 120 crayons.
I left the sun behind in Aix with a short train journey to Avignon, the city of popes. I visited the Musee Lapidaire, which exhibits Greek, Roman, Etruscan, and Gaulish, sculpture, glassware, and ceramics. The museum, part of the Musee Calvert, is located in a 16th century Jesuit church. It is an excellent example of building reuse.
Second to last day of my Egypt trip. We have returned to Cairo. Before lunch that included fresh falafel, we visited the Egyptian Musuem.
The museum is so out of date it still uses fans for climate control and has very few labels identifying items.
Extraordinary works of are art plunked down in galleries and no one stopping kids and adults from touching them.
They are building a new Egyption Museum in Giza. When finished, it will apparently be the biggest museum in the world. They have a long way to go because of delays. It was scheduled for 2018. This is a bad picture from a bus window.