Monday, August 6, 2012

Back in the Air - Continued (Metropolitan, Broadway...)

Nudity, nudity at NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is a place for art lovers. Even though, some of the paintings are way back from fourteenth century, you can never guess by looking at the painting. So well preserved, shining as if it is new. Just unbelievable. But why so much nudity? During those times, people use to pose and the painter used to take hours to paint. So did women pose naked, showing off their breasts to the painter until he gets it done? Of course, some were imaginative painting but oh boy, painters loved nudity, that too female nudity - loved the curves. No doubt, people used to have lot of sex during those times, I guess. As an amateur painter, I know how difficult it is get the right flesh tone. More than anything you really appreciate the patience of the painter.

Nudity, nudity at NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art

Venus and Adonis by Peter Paul Rubens

Venus, assisted by Cupid, vainly tries to restrain her mortal lover Adonis from setting off for the hunt, knowing that he will be killed by a wild boar.

Venus and Cupid by Lorenzo Lotto

Lotto was fascinated with emblematic devices. The shell above Venus's head and the rose petals on her lap are conventional attributes of the goddess. The ivy is symbolic of conjugal fidelity while the myrtle wreath and brazier suspended from it are accoutrements of the marriage chamber. Venus wears the earring and diadem of a sixteenth-century bride. Cupid's action, an augury of fertility, confers a mood of light-hearted wit on this most popular Venetian subject.

Nymphs and Satyr by William Bouguereau
Critic's comments: "[They are] very pretty, slim and elegant like high-life Parisian women…I would gladly say that they are too pretty. They have clearly just walked out of the beauty parlor, and the satin quality of their skin could only have been obtained by a long series of baths in almond milk."

Woman with a parrot by Gustave Courbet
His first attempt, in 1864, was rejected on the grounds of indecency; however two years later, his "Woman with a Parrot" was accepted for the Salon of 1866.  Jules-Antoine Castagnary, Courbet's great defender, however, praised the artist for representing a "woman of our time."

I love the way they are so involved in each other!!

Cupid & Psyche by Canova

                                                                        Soap Bubbles by Thomas Couture

 the bubbles symbolize the transience of life, while the wilting laurel wreath on the wall suggests the fleeting nature of praise and honors. The word "immortalit√©," inscribed on the paper inserted in the framed mirror, reinforces the painting's allegorical content.
My favorite!!

At the Lapin Agile - Pablo Picasso
Picasso depicts himself dressed as a Harlequin. He is accompanied by his recent lover Germaine Pichot. Previously, she had been the fatal obsession of Picasso's great friend Casagemas, who committed suicide in 1901. 

Ugolino and his sons" by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux 

 There was so much to see, but couldn't manage in half a day as we already walked a lot, not only in the museum but to reach museum from subway station without knowing the distance and that too on a hot and humid day.

With subway experience, what we understood is it is worth taking taxi which will drop you right where you want whereas subway usually will never be close to the intended location. Only next day, we came to know that if we take a taxi from Times Square to Central Park's bike rental area which is closer to Museum, taxi costs ten bucks whereas subway for four people costs same ten bucks with additional walking.

So we took taxi to head to Broadway for matinee show "Phantom of the Opera".But before that we grabbed a quick slice at Pizza Italia. Even though, we liked the slices, we couldn't enjoy as we were worried about not reaching on time for the Broadway show. But luckily, somehow managed and enjoyed the show. The planning for visiting the museum and watching the show was so good that when we came out of the show, we skipped most part of the hot day. And when the taxi driver commented about being a hot day, we were clueless.

Evening we hit few famous spots like Times Square, Grand central....walked and shopped for souvenirs. It doesn't matter day or night, people all the time walk and eat. 24 hrs food places are open catering from rich to poor. Have seen lot of African american women laughing hysterically for no apparent reason other than just to attract opposite sex. Later on, went on to check out Indian restaurant. Oops! forgot the name. Surprised to see that the whole street is with full of Indian restaurants, next to each other.

Times Square at Night
Inside Grand Central
Grand Central be Continued

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