Category Archives: Art

Visiting the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The UK’s National Portrait Gallery was established in 1856 as an art gallery to house portraits of historical figures in British History. In 1896 it moved to its present location on Trafalgar Square in London. Well, when we visited Edinburgh … Continue reading

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The Number One Thing to Do in Glasgow

According to Trip Advisor, the number one thing to do in Glasgow is to visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. We visited the Kelvingrove  one day in May and I took a zillion photos but for this posting I … Continue reading

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The Glasgow Boys in Kelvingrove

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow is the home for a large collection of paintings by a group of artists known as the Glasgow Boys. The group by and large were anti-establishment when they were young, turning their … Continue reading

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MM 3-17 Women of Fishermen

My entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge is a photo I took while visiting the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow a couple of months ago. The marble sculpture entitled Women of Fishermen (“Femmes de Pecheurs”) was created … Continue reading

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The Ten Best Paintings in the Scottish National Gallery

Alexander McCall Smith has written a series of novels called The Sunday Philosophy Club that features Edinburgh’s super amateur detective Isabel Dalhousie. I read the first book in the series a week before our trip to Scotland and the second … Continue reading

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The Street Art of Glasgow

Edinburgh and Glasgow, the two cities we visited recently in Scotland remind me a lot of two other cities I am very familiar with: San Francisco where I grew up and Oakland where I was born and later returned to … Continue reading

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The Museums of Madrid

Three of Spain’s finest museums are within walking distance of each other on or near Paseo del Prado in a ritzy area of Madrid just west of El Retiro Park that is often called The Golden Triangle of Art. We … Continue reading

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The Passion Facade of La Sagrada Familia

Of the three facades of La Sagrada Familia only The Nativity Facade was completed during Gaudi’s lifetime. The famous Catalan artist Josep Maria Subirachs was appointed in 1986 to provide the sculptures for the Passion Facade and he accepted on … Continue reading

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Gaudi and Modernisme: The Walls and Windows of Gaudi’s Crypt

The Modernisme movement in art and architecture reached its zenith during the period from 1888 when Barcelona held its first world fair until 1911 with the death of the poet Joan Maragall. During this period Antoni Gaudi spent most of … Continue reading

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MM 2-43 Curves in Monochrome

I went all the way back to January of last year to find my monochrome photo for this month’s theme of Curves. We spent a few hours during our trip to Hawaii that month visiting the Honolulu Museum of Art … Continue reading

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