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Prague Postcard: Alfons Mucha Stained Glass Window


In Saint Vitus Cathedral, Prague. Read about the Mucha stained glass here. I also got to visit the Mucha Museum while I was in Prague, but was not able to see his Slav Epic at the National Gallery. Next time.

‘The Nostalgia of the Infinite’ by Giorgio de Chirico


I’m grateful to have seen this at the MoMA earlier this week. De Chirico’s work gets at something in me. I first saw his work at the MoMA back in May, but only three of his paintings were on display, and “The Nostalgia of the Infinite” was not one of them. I could see it, though, on the screen of the audio guide. It was in the MoMA collection, just not on display at the time. Ugh! But during this visit, graciously provided by a friend of a friend, I found several of de Chirico’s paintings in a small gallery room, and the tower I had wanted to see back in May was present. 

Since May, I had read a bit about de Chirico and was surprised to learn this particular style of de Chirico’s — called metaphysical art — was short-lived, about three years. He founded the movement, Scuola Metafisica, in 1917 with Carlo Carra. They later had a falling-out.

In 1919, de Chirico described metaphysical art in this statement:

“Everything has two aspects; the current aspect, which we see nearly always and which ordinary men see, and the ghostly and metaphysical aspect, which only rare individuals may see in moments of clairvoyance and metaphysical abstraction. A work of art must narrate something that does not appear within its outline. The objects and figures represented in it must likewise poetically tell you of something that is far away from them, and also of what their shapes materially hide from us.” 

(I found the quotation in this great old Pocket Dictionary of Art Terms, published for the first time in the U.S., as a 3rd edition, in 1964 by the New York Graphic Society.) 

NYC Postcard


From the Viacom building in Manhattan. I love the Chrysler Building, and this snapshot doesn’t do justice to the scene late Friday afternoon.

Bermuda Postcard, July 23-24


This blog has taken a lot of vacation this summer, so it’s only right for it to send a postcard. Here’s my virtual postcard from a 24-hour stay in Bermuda, afternoon to afternoon, on a Royal Caribbean cruise, July 23-24. 

Part of the Royal Navy Dockyard.

A public park, revealed by a local and fellow home-schooling parent, where we snorkeled. 

The Frog and Onion Pub, where I sampled two beers from Dockyard Brewing, the only microbrewery in Bermuda.

Leaving Bermuda, in the relatively shallow waters around the island, before the drop-off into the deep Atlantic. 

Chat

My Shirt Imitates Art


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At the Museum Of Modern Art today.

Mondrian and My Shirt.

Church of the Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon, at Night


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During our stay in London last month, we made a day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon for two plays. Shakespeare is buried in Church of the Holy Trinity. Of course, in November, in England, the sun sets around 4:20 p.m. After the first play and an early dinner, the church was closed, and the sun had long set. But I walked with one of my daughters from the theater to the church, where I remembered, in a very dark churchyard full of tombstones, that Shakespeare’s grave is inside the church. I had been there, and made it inside, about two decades before. This time, locked out and sentimental, I was sure to put a hand on the church’s stone exterior. It was a good walk with my daughter from the theatre to the church and back—a good memory for us.

London Postcard: Along the Thames This Morning


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Hi there. I’m back in London again, thanks to Kristi’s generous parents.

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Tables of books on a Sunday morning — this required restraint on my part.