Warning! Possibly NSFW, lots of artwork with classical nudes coming up.
I am a designer, with a pretty good studio arts and art history background, so it’s no wonder I like to visit art museums. The surprise is that Ian, a very math-and-logic engineer type, LOVES art museums. So of course, on his first ever trip to Europe for our honeymoon, we had to fit in some of the art heavy hitters: the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and the Louvre Museum in Paris. There of course is art everywhere over there, but here are some highlights. Again, lots of pictures, so more info in captions, and click to view bigger versions.
Other honeymoon photo round-ups: Food, and Scenery.
The Trevi Fountain in Rome, unfortunately under construction while we were there.
Column work at Pompeii.
Preserved ceiling artwork in Pompeii.
Michelangelo’s sculpture David, at the Accademia Gallery in Florence.
A modern interpretation of the David.
The Rape of the Sabine Women by Giambologna, in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence.
One of many epic ceilings in the Uffizi Gallery.
The Leonard (Da Vinci) room in the Uffizi gallery.
Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. I have always loved this painting, and was happy to get to see it in person.
The Venus of Urbino by Titian.
Laocoön and His Sons by ancient Greek sculptors Agesander, Athenodoros and Polydorus.
1 of 56 panels of marble mosaics on the floor of the cathedral in Siena. We were lucky enough to visit when they were all uncovered/displayed.
Wall of Michelangelo work in the cathedral in Siena.
The crest of the Medici family, major forces in the Renaissance art world.
A small portion of the intricate exterior of Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice.
The ceiling in the Teatro al Fenice opera house in Venice.
LONG hallway of paintings in the Louvre in Paris.
One of many epic ceilings in the Louvre.
The Venus de Milo, a famous ancient Greek statue.
The Nike of Samothrace, another famous ancient Greek statue. Love the wings.
Ian getting a selfie with the lady, Mona Lisa.
Have you ever gotten to see one of your favorite pieces of art in person?
Ok, the scenery is by far the biggest category in my honeymoon photo recap series (if you missed Food, it’s here.). So I’m going to let the pictures do most of the talking. There are captions on each one if you mouse over, and clicking will open up a lightbox viewer. Have you ever been to Europe? What’s your favorite place?
Juliet by Anne Fortier This was a recent pick for my local library’s book club. It tells the story of Julie, a modern-day descendant of one Giulietta Tolomei, the historical reality (as the book posits) behind Shakespeare’s fictional Juliet. It switches between Julie’s adventures in the present as she discovers this genealogical connection and comes to believe there may actually be a curse on two Italian families (‘a plague on both your houses’), and glimpses into the past that reveal the real story behind Romeo & Juliet. Overall, it was quite interesting. One part history, one part mysticism, one part […]