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I cannot believe that tomorrow I will see this painting. There are so many old friends waiting for me at the Alte Pinakothek in Munich and strangers I’ve never met. 

Being a flight attendant means I’m privy to secrets that people don’t normally share. Desires and dreams, things they want to see or things they are too afraid to see. A lot of things happen when you are 36,000 feet in the air and sometimes people just want to talk. Something I talk to people a lot about are their bucket lists. Places they want to travel, mountains to climb. I have one of those also but the best conversations are the ones where strangers talk about their separate bucket list for art. Things you have to see with your own eyes. 

Which is why tomorrow is so exciting for me. I can cross off entire sections. I spent my entire childhood studying these masterpieces and it’s no longer enough to only see them captured in a book. 

I have to stand before them and on those rare occasions I have to stand and cry before them. Sometimes I have to whisper thank you to them for seeing me through those dark teenage times, for guiding me, giving me strength, and for teaching me that beauty absolutely lies in the eye of the beholder.

Beautifully said!

ornamentedbeing:

I cannot believe that tomorrow I will see this painting. There are so many old friends waiting for me at the Alte Pinakothek in Munich and strangers I’ve never met.

Being a flight attendant means I’m privy to secrets that people don’t normally share. Desires and dreams, things they want to see or things they are too afraid to see. A lot of things happen when you are 36,000 feet in the air and sometimes people just want to talk. Something I talk to people a lot about are their bucket lists. Places they want to travel, mountains to climb. I have one of those also but the best conversations are the ones where strangers talk about their separate bucket list for art. Things you have to see with your own eyes.

Which is why tomorrow is so exciting for me. I can cross off entire sections. I spent my entire childhood studying these masterpieces and it’s no longer enough to only see them captured in a book. I have to stand before them and on those rare occasions I have to stand and cry before them. Sometimes I have to whisper thank you to them for seeing me through those dark teenage times, for guiding me, giving me strength, and for teaching me that beauty absolutely lies in the eye of the beholder.

Beautifully said!

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Jean-Honore Fragonard
1732-1806
Blindman’s Buff (Le Colin-Maillard)
ca. 1775-80
Oil on canvas
Fragonard choosed  to  developed a style that lauded the charm and beauty of the private moments. In Blindman’s Buff, well-dressed men, women, and children play the familiar game in the kind of picturesque overgrown garden. Fragonard’s favorite subject, he  viewed the games as symbolizing the game of courtship.
Timken Museum of Art,  San Diego, California

Fragonard does Watteau

Jean-Honore Fragonard

1732-1806

Blindman’s Buff (Le Colin-Maillard)

ca. 1775-80

Oil on canvas

Fragonard choosed  to  developed a style that lauded the charm and beauty of the private moments. In Blindman’s Buff, well-dressed men, women, and children play the familiar game in the kind of picturesque overgrown garden. Fragonard’s favorite subject, he  viewed the games as symbolizing the game of courtship.

Timken Museum of Art,  San Diego, California

Fragonard does Watteau

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Say what?! A new film written by Emma Thompson about Effie Gray, a child-bride who fights to be released from her loveless marriage to John Ruskin (played by GREG WISE, Thompson’s real-life husband) to be with John Everett Millais, another famous artist?

There is literally nothing about this film that makes me want to not see it. THE BEST NEWS!

I mean, the last film I saw that Thompson wrote was Sense and Sensibility (the best one where she stars with Kate Winslet, Greg Wise and Alan Rickman)—this is a woman who knows how to write movies to be rewatched obsessively.

Effie Gray is coming to theatres in 2014. 

So looking forward to this!

EVERYONE I KNEW IN COLLEGE NEEDS TO PAY ATTENTION TO THIS POST

I AM PAYING ATTENTION

oh my god is this when ruskin got shocked during his wedding night because he realised women had body hair

More art history movies!!

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Lapis lazuli Hen Fabergé Egg (1886) presented by Alexander III to Czarina Maria Fyodorovna (


Ultramarine in solid form

berengia:

Lapis lazuli Hen Fabergé Egg (1886) presented by Alexander III to Czarina Maria Fyodorovna (

Ultramarine in solid form

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Researchers in Chicago have produced a visualization of how they think Renoir’s Madame Leon Clapisson could have looked before its colors faded. 
On the left is how the painting currently looks, while the image on the right is how they image the reds looked when Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted it in 1883 before the effects of light damage dulled the red background (the fugitive pigment used was either a carmine lake or cochineal). See article here.
The original picture is known as “Madame Leon Clapisson”, 1883. Oil on canvas, 81.2 × 65.3 cm, Mr and Mrs Martin A Ryerson Collection. Digital recolourisation by Kelly Keegan, Conservation department, The Art Institute of Chicago.


The Fugative

varnishisapowerfulliquid:

Researchers in Chicago have produced a visualization of how they think Renoir’s Madame Leon Clapisson could have looked before its colors faded.

On the left is how the painting currently looks, while the image on the right is how they image the reds looked when Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted it in 1883 before the effects of light damage dulled the red background (the fugitive pigment used was either a carmine lake or cochineal). See article here.

The original picture is known as “Madame Leon Clapisson”, 1883. Oil on canvas, 81.2 × 65.3 cm, Mr and Mrs Martin A Ryerson Collection. Digital recolourisation by Kelly Keegan, Conservation department, The Art Institute of Chicago.

The Fugative

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showslow:

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (8 January 1836 – 25 June 1912) was a Dutch painter of special British denizenship.

Born in Dronrijp, the Netherlands, and trained at the Royal Academy of Antwerp, Belgium, he settled in England in 1870 and spent the rest of his life there. A classical-subject painter, he became famous for his depictions of the luxury and decadence of the Roman Empire, with languorous figures set in fabulous marbled interiors or against a backdrop of dazzling blue Mediterranean Sea and sky.

Though admired during his lifetime for his draftsmanship and depictions of Classical antiquity, his work fell into disrepute after his death, and only since the 1960s has it been re-evaluated for its importance within nineteenth-century English art.

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When I see a conservation job posting with a pay rate I can actually survive on

themindofaconservator:

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Sigh, I’m living in minimum wage world.

FOREEEEVER TROY,  I WANT TO BE FOREEEVER TROY

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Cotton sampler embroidered with wool and silk, by Sarah Bland, England, mid-19th century. Museum no. T.240-1967 Given by Mrs D. McGregor.
Victoria and Albert Museum

petitepointplace:

Cotton sampler embroidered with wool and silk, by Sarah Bland, England, mid-19th century. Museum no. T.240-1967 Given by Mrs D. McGregor.

Victoria and Albert Museum

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