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So this is what I’ve been up to . . .

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Okay, so all the Irish-y stuff happened before I went MIA, but I never had a chance to show you!

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Sunday I took a trip to the National Gallery of Art to see Michelangelo’s David-Apollo , It’s called the DavidApollo because they aren’t sure who it is exactly. I think it is a David, he doesn’t seem Apollo-esque enough to me.

This statue was on loan from the Bargello in Florence. I have seen the statue in Florence before, but I figured I’d go see it again. It’s like when a good friend comes to town you make sure you stop by and say hello during their visit.

To top the visit off, there was an amazing piano trio playing later that evening for which I was able to stay! (FYI: a piano trio means that there is a piano and two other instruments, usually a cello and violin, all playing together. It doesn’t mean a trio of pianos.)

 

Update: Just found this article by Simcha Fisher on children and and their take on art. Loved it!

On Monday I ventured out of the house to pay a visit to the Natural History Museum and the National Gallery of Art. I hadn’t been to the Natural History Museum in a while, and I thought I would go pay the mummies a visit, and the Hope Diamond.  They said to say “hello.”

 

And then I headed over to the National Gallery of Art to see an exhibit titled the McCrindle Gift. Although the McCrindle gift to the National Gallery of Art does include some larger paintings in difference parts of the museum, this is a collection of drawings, sketches and watercolours from various artists, John Singer Sargent included (I posted one of his watercolours below), and it is awesome. I can’t wait for my next paycheck so I can buy the collection catalogue. If you have a chance I highly recommend it.

One of the things I love about living near DC is going to museums frequently enough that I don’t feel like I have to see the whole museum every time I visit. I can just go and see one exhibit, study it closely, visit a favorite or two of the main collection, and then head home. It doesn’t have to be a marathon trip.

 

Source: nga.gov via Trena on Pinterest

 

I love going to the National Gallery of Art and staring at this picture by Antonie Vollon. It is called Motte de Beurre, or Mound of Butter in plain English. It’s so French. Someday I’ll have a print of this framed and hang it in my kitchen or dinning room.

There is just something about the rich yellow, and the hugeness of that mound of butter. I love it!

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