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Charles III’s artistic legacy in Napoli

Before there was the Louve, before Belvedere Palace, and even before Catherine the Great founded the Hermitage, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli was opened by Charles III of Spain (1750s). The mid-1700s of Napoli’s history signals the Spanish occupation… Continue Reading →

Musée Rodin and Le Penseur

Yet again another gallery experience from Paris, with a story… We were on a bus passing by Les Invalides and La Niña calmly said, Hey, there’s “The Thinker”. She was pointing to the top of a statue head that I… Continue Reading →

401 Richmond

401 Richmond is one of those interesting buildings that is hard to miss. It looks old, well kept, and interesting but has little to no signage. The first time I passed, I was left wondering it’s purpose and wanting to… Continue Reading →

Passion for Glass

Normally our weekends are filled with cleaning, grocery shopping, gardening, cooking, trips to the library, dog walking, and guinea pig care/maintenance. However, this weekend we had the opportunity to hang out with some friends and opted to forgo chores to… Continue Reading →

Musée d’Orsay

After our Louvre experience, I decided to surprise La Niña and give her a different gallery experience: that of the Musée d’Orsay. The Musée d’Orsay was originally the Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station that was once the terminus line… Continue Reading →

Musée Picasso

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. – Pablo Picasso Housed in a Baroque 17th-century mansion once known as the Hôtel Salé, the Musée Picasso has the largest collection of… Continue Reading →

The Louvre: Three Ladies

Like mentioned in my last post, we were overwhelmed by how much is in the Louvre; so, I am only going to focus on three works of art in this post, which I am going to call the three ladies…. Continue Reading →

The Louvre: Big, Brooding, and Vast

Like mentioned in my previous Louvre post, you could spend decades in the gallery and not see everything. It’s not the type of place that you can visit in one day and we were completely overwhelmed after only a few… Continue Reading →

The Louvre: the Mona Lisa Experience

You could spend your entire life studying the works in the Louvre. If I had an art blog and worked at the Louvre, I’d certainly have enough material for a decade worth of posts. Personally, I did not enjoy the… Continue Reading →

The Lamb of God

Call it what you want: the Lamb of God, the Ghent Altarpiece, Het Lam Gods, or the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb; but, what it is is one of the world’s most significant paintings… that no one knows about. This… Continue Reading →

Pre-Colombian Statues

Close to the Cementerio Central in Bogota, it is district known as Localidad de Los Mártires. It was here during the Spanish Reconquista that revolutionaries like Policarpa Salvarrieta, Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Mercedes Abrego, Camilo Torres Tenorio, and Francisco José de… Continue Reading →

Museo de Arte del Banco de la República

There are a number of art galleries in Bogotá… and most of them are free. This particular gallery is one of the ones owned by the Banco de la República (Bank of the Republic); part of their mission is to… Continue Reading →

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