A lot of visitors to mountain are not aware of the treasures that lay within this wonderful sight.
The Benedictine Monk retreat at Montserrat offers you some of the most spectacular mountain views of Catalunya.
Now it is magnificent UNESCO heritage and included in 10 most visited spiritual places in the world.
The main reason to make a journey for tourist from all over the world to this spectacular mountain is to see and pray to the black faced Madonna n the basilica Montserrat monastery. To learn more visit this link:
The black faced Madonna in the basilica Montserrat monastery
And yes, tour guids will insure you that if you ask Madonna with your open heart and believe, she will make your wish come true!
We did that and hope all will work out great about our deep wishes and happiness... But the main focus at this page i wish to turn to ART MUSEUM at Montserrat because a lot of visitors to mountain are not aware of the treasures that lay within this wonderful sight.
The Museum of Montserrat houses an important collection of ancient paintings. Most of the paintings in this section come from the acquisitions of Abbot Antoni M. Marcet in Rome and Naples between 1913 and 1920. Abbot Aureli M. Escarré extended the collection with new acquisitions to which other donations have been added.
I would like to present you my highlights of this museum as take a stroll around it and you will find the likes of Picasso, Dali and Caravaggio nestled in amongst less well-known artists. There are over 1300 pieces housed in the museum covering a broad historical period: the earliest exhibit is an Egyptian sarcophagus from 13th century BC and the most recent exhibit is a sculpture from 2001 by Josep M Subirachs.
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Following several years spent capturing the Yorkshire landscape, which culminated in A Bigger Picture at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2012, David Hockney moved back to Los Angeles. There he returned to the intimacy of portraiture, a genre that has played a major role in his long career. In the summer of 2013 he painted the first of what was to become a large body of portraits. All share the same dimensions and are painted in acrylic on canvas, with the subject seated on the same chair in Hockney's Los Angeles studio, illuminated by the bright, clear light of southern California. Almost every painting was executed over three days, or, as Hockney puts it, in a wry comment on photography, with a twenty-hour exposure. None of these portraits is a commission. Hockney invited each of his subjects to sit; they comprise family, friends and close associates, thereby affording the viewer an insight into the artist's life in Los Angeles. The uniformity of each painting's key elements highlights the differences between the individual sitters, and each depiction the result of intense scrutiny becomes a kind of psychological exploration. The effect is a deliberately immersive and intense installation, in which Hockney reassesses the role of the painted portrait.
The source: Royal Academy exhibition information
Summer is represented as the goddess Ceres wearing a crown wheat stalks and holding a torch.
The summer season, when the fruits of the earth is often represented as a bare-breasted woman accompanied by a number of distinguishing attributes: a stalk of grain, a burning torch, and a fruit-filled cornucopia. Her colors are yellow and gold. In Greek mythology, the summer was identified with Deme- ter, goddess of the earth and agriculture. The goddess journeyed to the Underworld in search of her daughter Persephone, who had been abducted by Hades, god of the dead; this motif reflects Ceres' dual nature as bestower of abundance but also of drough During the Renaissance, in the complex system of corre- spondences between macrocosm and microcosm, the summer season was associated with fire, the choleric temperament, and the iconographic motif of the five senses. Summer appears as a man in the flower of youth, laden with symbolic motifs related to sun worship and the cult of empire: the stalks of grain that make up his clothing, the artichoke, and ripe corn. In Western iconogra phy, this season can also be represented by its corresponding farm abors.
From the painting by Pieter Bruegel, the cutting of the wheat normally occurs in late June, around the time of the summer solstice. The theme of working in the fields is here combined with a celebration of rest. In his cycle of the Seasons, Bruegel presents a splendid slice of the peasant life of his time.
There is a wheat field in Place Vendôme, France You can thank Chanel for that
As the direct reference from the Renaissance art iconography, Chanel presented the Blés Vendôme installation, created by French artist Gad Weil. It's also where the fashion house unveiled its latest collection of high jewellery, Les Blés de Chanel, inspired by wheat (which translates to les blés in French).
Wheat also signifies luck and prosperity in France, and because of that Gabrielle Chanel used it as a good-luck charm, which appears in every room in her apartment. It appeared on a brass bouquet, in gilded wood on the fireplace and she even had gilded sheaves for a table leg. She also owned a painting of a single blade of wheat, presented to her by Salvador Dali.Current Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld made references to this lucky charm in his Spring 2010 collection, with ears of wheat featured on chain belts, sunglasses, bracelets, headbands, necklaces and brooches.
The Blés Vendôme exhibition runs until 7 July 2016, after which Weil will take his installation to Saumur, France. See more of the high jewellery collection below.
Sources: Matilde Battistini, Symbols and Allegories in Art, The J.Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles and
Star attraction of Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum has suffered from pigment deterioration and addition of later varnish
The Van Gogh Museum’s Sunflowers will probably be conserved, to help preserve the picture and possibly bring back the artist’s more vibrant colours. The painting has been taken off display and is now being inspected in the conservation studio. A statement by the Amsterdam museum says this is being done “so that we can decide how best to conserve and possibly restore it”. Conservators are now considering whether to remove old varnish, which would enable one to see more of Van Gogh’s original colours—and make the sunflowers appear even more powerful than they do today.
The Amsterdam Sunflowers was painted in the Yellow House in Arles in January 1889, a month after Van Gogh mutilated his ear. The picture, with fifteen blooms set against a yellow background, was probably painted for Gauguin—although he never received it. It is a signed copy of the original version, done five months earlier and now in the National Gallery in London. Van Gogh also made five other still lifes of Sunflowers (they are in Tokyo, Philadelphia, Munich and a private collection and one was destroyed during the Second World War).
Read more from the source: theartnewspaper.com/news/conservation/van-gogh-s-sunflowers-likely-to-be-restored-to-their-previous-bloom/
Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the most significant and intriguing artists of the twentieth century, known internationally for her boldly innovative art. Her distinct flowers, dramatic cityscapes, glowing landscapes, and images of bones against the stark desert sky are iconic and original contributions to American Modernism.
The art of Georgia O’Keeffe has been well known for eight decades in this country and for many years has been attaining similar prominence abroad. More than 500 examples of her works are in over 100 public collections in Asia, Europe, and North and Central America. In addition, since her work was first exhibited in New York in 1916, it has been included in hundreds of solo and group exhibitions organized around the world.
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum cares for a growing collection of artwork by O’Keeffe, including nearly 150 oil paintings, nearly 700 sketches, and important pastels, watercolors, and charcoals. Our collections also include O’Keeffe’s personal property, including her art materials, and a significant archive of documentation and photography of her life and times.
The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula (1610), is a painting by the Italian artist Caravaggio (1571–1610) and thought to be his last picture. It is in the Intesa Sanpaolo Collection, the Gallery of Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano, Naples.
The holy Ursula, accompanied by eleven thousand virgins, was captured by the Huns. The eleven thousand virgins were slaughtered, but the king of the Huns was overcome by Ursula's modesty and beauty and begged her forgiveness if only she would marry him. Ursula replied that she would not, upon which the king transfixed her with an arrow.
The figure favourited in Medieval and Baroque period by Italian artists.
Her legend, probably not historical, is that she was a princess who, at the request of her father King Dionotus of Dumnonia in south-west Britain, set sail to join her future husband, the pagan governor Conan Meriadoc of Armorica, along with 11,000 virginal handmaidens. After a miraculous storm brought them over the sea in a single day to a Gaulish port, Ursula declared that before her marriage she would undertake a pan-European pilgrimage. She headed for Rome with her followers and persuaded the Pope, Cyriacus(unknown in the pontifical records, though from late 384 there was a Pope Siricius), and Sulpicius, bishop of Ravenna, to join them. After setting out for Cologne, which was being besieged by Huns, all the virgins were beheaded in a massacre. The Huns' leader shot (with a bow and arrow) Ursula dead, in about 383 (the date varies).
ALPHONSE MARIA MUCHA, July 24, 1860 – July 14, 1939, a czech artist who studied in paris and munich, produced an immense amount of paintings, posters, advertisements, and book illustrations, as well as designs for jewellery, carpets, wallpaper, and theatre sets in what was initially called the MUCHA STYLE but became known as ART NOUVEAU ( new art ). MUCHA’S works frequently featured beautiful young women in flowing vaguely neoclassical looking robes, often surrounded by lush flowers which sometimes formed haloes behind the women’s heads. In contrast with contemporary poster makers he used pale pastel colors. the ART NOUVEAU style however, was one that MUCHA attempted to distance himself from throughout his life. he always insisted that rather than adhering to any fashionable stylistic form, his paintings came purely from within and czech art. he declared that art existed only to communicate a spiritual message, and nothing more.
Mucha Alphonse as noble and spiritual as Joan of Arc, yet sensually provocative and appealing a dream-like seductress stands resting her hand on a bottle of liqueur, La Trappistine. The round decoration surrounding her head like a halo gives this temptress an almost divine appearance of rare beauty. Delineated in gated, curvilinear strokes and coloured in pale, watery tones, this advertising poster is an example of the stylish of Art Nouveau, of which Mucha was one of the chief exponents. The artists of the Art style attempted to blend all categories of art into a decorative unity based on graceful, elegant linear forms. Mucha was largely responsible for popularizing many of the style's key motifs, such as undulations of flowing hair and flowers on slender twining stems. A prolific graphic artist, Mucha also designed jewellery, stained glass, furniture, stage sets and costumes. He spent much of his career in Paris, but returned to his native Czechoslovakia in 1910.
THE SEASONS, 1896, was Mucha's first set of decorative panels and it became one of his most popular series. it was so popular that he was asked to produce at least two more sets based on the same theme in 1897 and 1900. designs for a further two more sets also exist. the idea of personifying the seasons was nothing new – examples could be found in the works of the old masters as well as in other publications at that time. however, MUCHA’S nymph-like women set against the seasonal countryside background breathed new life into the classic theme, MUCHA captures the mood of the seasons – innocent spring, sultry summer, fruitful autumn and frosty winter.
Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty will open on the 8 October 2016 at the at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow. Following on from very successful exhibitions at the Russell-Cotes Museum in Bournemouth and the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is the third venue in our UK tour.
Objects from Glasgow Museums' collection have been carefully selected to accompany the artworks by Mucha. Paintings and posters by artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Duncan, and Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his Glasgow Style contemporaries demonstrate the interchange of artistic ideas between Scotland, the rest of the UK, and continental Europe.
Artistic links to the artists like Klimt, Moreau, Munch, Toulouse-Lautrec.
1. The Art Book, new edition 2012, Phaeton Press Limited, London
A rare opportunity to see over 100 remarkable paintings by this pioneer of twentieth-century art
One hundred years after the American painter Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) made her professional debut at the 291 gallery in New York, Tate Modern opens the first UK survey of her work since 1993. The show, which is almost entirely drawn from US collections, speaks to a startling fact: none of O’Keeffe’s works are held by any public UK museum.
With around 100 pieces by the artist, the survey opens with abstract charcoals, including those shown at her first 291 exhibition, and moves through the skyscape series she made in the early 1960s, when she was “still working at the height of her powers”, says Tanya Barson, the curator who organised the exhibition.
Read more from the source: theartnewspaper.com/shows/sometimes-a-flower-is-just-a-flower-georgia-o-keeffe-at-tate-modern/
or from Tate Modern: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/georgia-okeeffe
Belle Epoque in all its opulence and beauty.
Monte Carlo Casino is one of the oldest as its inauguration dates back to February 18th 1863. It is also one of the most representative examples of Belle Epoque architecture, which was first seen during the reign of Emperor Napoleon Ill The first stone was laid by Prince Albert 1st in the presence of Prince Charles Ill on May 13th 1858 It was Prince Charles Ill's idea. He entrusted the development to a 57 year-old businessman and passionate art lover, Francois Blanc, who had made his fortune in Homburg (Germany). Blanc, then his wife, Marie Blanc, and then his son, Camille, called upon the best architects and artists of the late 19th century including Charles Garnier, who had just completed the Paris Opera House. On April 2nd 1863, Francois Blanc bought back the gaming for 50 years As soon as work began, he extended the Casino, added a ballroom and in January 1864, he opened the Hotel de Paris. The name "Monte-Carlo the Ligurian translation of "Mount Charles'' in honour of the Sovereign, Prince Charles Ill, first appeared in 1866 Two years later, the railway reached Monaco, finally bringing a large number of visitors and gamblers. The inauguration of the Opera House took place on January 25th 1879; the prestigious décor took shape and the celebrations began. From 1909, there was an unending stream of top-class personalities, from Diaghilev to King Edward VII, from Caruso to la Belle Otero and of course the unforgettable Chaliapin. Today, after lengthy and delicate restoration work, Monte Carlo Casino has regained all its splendour of the olden days. To enter the Monte Carlo Casino is not only to try one's luck at gambling but it is to enter the Legend of a unique venue.
Source: Le Casino Monte Carlo, The History of Monte Carlo Casino.
London Art Week, the world’s most important gallery-based celebration of pre-contemporary art, will take place in Mayfair and St. James’s from 1 to 8 July 2016 (preview on 30 June from 3pm to 8pm). Bringing together almost 50 leading specialist dealers and three auction houses, this year will present more dedicated exhibitions than ever before, and will also include nine new participants, a Thursday evening preview on 30 June, and an exclusive partnership with Art History UK, a cultural tours company specialised in the history of the capital’s art and architecture.
Further details on the event, including information on participants, exhibitions, tours, a catalogue and a map, can be supplied on request, and can also be found at www.londonartweek.co.uk.
Presenting a wide array of art from antiquity to the 20th century, including a number of rediscoveries and works rarely, if ever, seen in public, highlights this year include exhibitions dedicated to a wide range of specialist subjects including ancient arms and armour, 16th century stained glass, Dutch flower paintings, ancient Greek coins, artist’s sketches and sketchbook pages, neoclassicism through the centuries, medieval and Renaissance sculpture, British Impressionism, and European portraiture.
London Art Week 2016 will present the opportunity to explore a wealth of works by celebrated figures from art history including, among many others, Jacopo Amigoni, Alberto Burri, John Constable, Antonio Canova, Eugène Delacroix, Sir Thomas Lawrence, Sir Alfred Munnings, Sir Winston Churchill, Marcel Duchamp, Paul Gauguin, Jean-Etienne Liotard, Guercino, Amedeo Modigliani, Jusepe de Ribera, Sir Peter Paul Rubens, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Tintoretto and Paolo Uccello.
Dedicated exhibitions include: