We began with an exploration of the newest exhibition on Seventeenth-Century Dutch and Flemish paintings. (Insert jokes about how Tony knows how to show me a good time.) I won’t pretend to speak knowledgeably about the works; my only goal is to share selected pieces that we enjoyed looking at.
The still life paintings made the biggest impression on me. I appreciate the desire to capture everyday life and really wonder how future interpretations of a 21st century American dinner might be portrayed. Though, Still Life with Peacock Pie captures the luxe life: in the background, in the blue and white Chinese bowl, are sugar cubes produced by enslaved workers on American plantations, as an acknowledgment of the economic power and reach of the Dutch.
We particularly enjoyed this piece depicting winter in the Low Countries. Not a Bruegel, but a van Goyen, and with enough detail to keep us focused for several minutes.
Speaking of Bruegel, this Wooded Landscape with Travelers was painted by JB the Elder; the city outline in the back is thought to be Antwerp.
This one also caught my attention; I don’t think the shells are typical in Flanders, and wondered from where came the inspiration to include them.
Afterward, a swing through the Impressionism and Post-Impressionism galleries and its known commodities, always enjoyable.
Okay. New to me, this Seurat collection gifted by the Mellon Family. Imagine having the foresight (not to mention the money) to collect these pieces. Each was exquisite and worth more than the few minutes we gave in admiration.
Two Edward Hicks, Peaceable Kingdom and The Cornell Farm, both wonderfully appealing in their naivety (pun intended).
In trying to find the lone Arcimboldo, the last stop on our little outing, we wandered into Italian religious art and were drawn to this Adoration of the Magi for its bright colors (and especially that glorious frame)!
There it is! Four Seasons in One Head. Arcimboldo was a court painter in both Vienna and Prague; his two series, Four Seasons and Four Elements are on our art scavenger hunt list. To date we have seen three of the Four Seasons (somehow we missed “Spring” when we were in Madrid. Next time.); and two of Four Elements (“Air” and “Earth” are believed to be in private collections). It’s good to have goals.