We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We had to catch the last day of the show. Just one room filled with iconic El Grecos. He was barely Greek - raised in Crete (which was Venetian at the time) and never went to Greece. Here's a fine, brief bio
I'll call my photo A View of People Studying A View of Toledo
A few more pics and comments below the fold -
One side of the room. How cool is that? Rich food indeed. When we go, we only do one or two rooms, then leave. Avoid the afflictions of Art Overdose and Museum Brain. Just a judicious taste of special visual delights, then maybe an elegant light lunch, then hop in the car and head back to the country.
Best and largest art museum in the world. What else do you want? The stupid Mona Lisa?
It is said that El Greco took Mannerism (at the time, no longer in fashion) to an extreme. He was considered an eccentric.
I learned that the Vision of St. John (depicting the opening of the fifth seal) is only the bottom half of the original painting. The top half depicted Divine Love, the remaining part depicting earthly, carnal love. Some restorer cut off the top half and threw it away. That was before he had the importance he has today.
OK, this is compelling.
My favorites were two of his nativity scenes. Didn't take a photo, just looked.
Inside the museums, Infinity goes up on trial
Voices echo this is what salvation must be like after a while
But Mona Lisa musta had the highway blues
You can tell by the way she smiles
See the primitive wallflower freeze
When the jelly-faced women all sneeze
Hear the one with the mustache say, “Jeeze
I can’t find my knees”
Oh, jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule
But these visions of Johanna, they make it all seem so cruel