Wednesday, May 7, 2008

faces

Faces
May 2008

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Writing about museums in my last post made me look through some of my old images from museums in Europe. It's difficult to photograph in museums sometimes, usually because of the low-lighting and no-flash-allowed, and the "no cameras" rule is difficult to work with as well...

I took this on my last weekend living in London; I went with a friend to the Sunday morning service at Westminster Abbey, and afterward we walked around the Abbey and looked at some of the smaller side chapels.

One of my favorite things about this image is how each person is looking somewhere different. This was just a very small section of a large painting (possibly a fresco, but I can't remember the exact setting). Unfortunately, I didn't remember to take a picture of the plaque to see what the story is about or when it was made, but my educated guess is that it dates to somewhere in the Middle Ages before the Renaissance. Art at that time was very flat and two-dimensional, and in diptychs and triptychs (two- and three- panelled altarpieces) from that era often had the angels arranged much like these people: very close together, overlapping, and without a clear sense of three-dimensional space.

I hope you learned a little something about art history, but enough of that for today. I'm getting ready to go to my follow up appointment after surgery and see if I'm allowed to sit down again! I sure hope so!

5 comments:

Robert said...

You've been standing this whole time??? You poor thing! I hope you get good news today. Thanks for the art lesson. You brought back a memory from my college days. I had taken an art appreciation class to fulfill my g.e. requirements. I took a friend to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). We spent hours viewing the various genres but the majority of the time was looking at the Impressionist work (my favorite). At the conclusion of the day I asked him what he thought. He looked at me and said, "It was like going to Disneyland without getting on any rides." He was not pleased.

Ninja kid said...

Hi Christy!
Wow! This is a really awesome picture O:!!
I hope you feel better!

Carletta said...

Hi Christy~
Thanks for the art lesson - I love art and the museums in DC a few years ago were a treat.
I love this photo. I'm not sure exactly why but I do.

Hope you get great news today.

Anna said...

This is such a powerful image! :) And I am with you...I am drawn to all the different ways the faces are looking. It makes me wonder what they are looking toward!

LZ Blogger said...

Christy ~ And to think that all this time I thought a fresco was one of the drinks on the "Starbuck's Menu!" ^wink^ ~ jb///