Archive for the 'Art' Category

Canada: Agawa Canyon, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario – Painting in Agawa Canyon Park

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

Canadian famous Group of Seven painters started painting the Algoma scenery starting in 1918 with J.E.H. Macdonald. the others in the group are: Lawren Harris, Franklin Carmichael, A.Y. Jackson, Franz Johnson, Arthur Lismer, and Frederick Varley. They hitched a boxcar onto the train going up to the mines in Northern Ontario.

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Canada: Toronto, Ontario – Woody Woodpeckers?

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

Fun side of Toronto finding this sculpture 2 woodpeckers pecking away in front of the Toronto Convention Center and near the Ripley’s Aquarium. 

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Canada: Toronto, Ontario – Mural Near Dog Park

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Fun Trompe d’oeil mural on wall near a dog park in downtown Toronto. So cool that a bride and groom are taking photos here. Maybe they have a doggie? Some of the windows are real. Can you tell which ones?

 

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Canada: Toronto, Ontario – Ceiling Domes in Casa Loma

Monday, June 10th, 2019

The home of Sir Henry Pellatt was one of the first in America to have recessed lighting installed in the domes of some rooms creating glowing ceilings.


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Canada: Toronto, Ontario – Casa Loma, Toronto

Monday, June 10th, 2019

The famous Oak Room of the splendid Edwardian era home of Sir Henry Pellatt. The finished panels fruit, flowers, ribbons and birds took 3 years to carve and were so exquisite that in 1913 when they arrived they were first exhibited in Montreal’s Musee des Beaux Arts before being installed in Casa Loma. 

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Canada: Toronto, Ontario- Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Women who love shoes will love this museum. It traces the history of shoes from thousands of years ago to today.

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Italy, Rome: Pieta by Michelangelo

Monday, May 20th, 2019

As you enter St. Peter’s Basilica, in one of the first niches as go to the right, you can see Michelangelo’s famous sculpture of the Pieta, Madonna and child.

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Italy, Rome: Inside St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome

Monday, May 20th, 2019

St. Peter’s Basilica is the largest church in the world with the tallest dome in the world. This Renaissance architecture was designed over the centuries by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

On 1 January 1547, Michelangelo, then in his seventies, was Pope Paul III’s 3rd choice to be the superintendent of the building program. So way beyond the Sistine Chapel, he was the principal designer of most of the building as you see it today.

 Michelangelo, who did not want this job, wrote “I undertake this only for the love of God and in honour of the Apostle.” In order to take the assignment, he insisted he be given a free hand to achieve his ultimate design by whatever means he saw fit.

The Basilica is supposedly the burial site of Saint Peter, first Bishop of Rome whose tomb is supposedly directly below high altar.

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Italy, Rome: Vatican Entrance, Rome

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

Entrance to the Vatican Museums. Michelangelo’s ceilings in the Sistine Chapel is right near here.

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Italy, Florence: Ponte Vecchio Fountain

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

It makes sense that a bust/fountain on the Ponte Vecchio would be of a sculptor and goldsmith, Benvenuto Cellini. Cellini did not have any connection with the jewelry shops on the bridge, which are there today because when he was alive, butcher shops lined the bridge. The artist, in a shout out to Cellini, used motifs taken from the pedestal of Perseus, Cellini’s masterpiece. The inscription on the monument states: “To Benvenuto Cellini ­ Master ­ The Goldsmiths of Florence.”

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