Sunday, June 15, 2008

Princeton University Art Museum

Since I was heading to Edison, NJ to go to the NJ Quilt Convention, I stopped by the Princeton U. Art Museum. There was some good artwork. I saw another Sean Scully painting (I saw one at the High Museum in Atlanta), I really like his work (his painting from the Princeton Museum, 'Labna,' 2006, oil on canvas, is shown above). The painting was huge, about 10 feet by 15 feet, I would say. Here is detail from Vasily Kandinsky's 1903 painting titled "Promenade (sketch)." I love the little colorful houses and it is a beautiful painting and do you see how the buildings weren't 'perfect' - it's okay to dash off some houses (not that it is easy) without feeling the need to make them 'architecturally accurate' (then again if you've ever been to some places, the buildings there really AREN'T architecturally perfect, but here now I'm just rambling): Here is a detail shot of DiCandia Cretani's "Virgin of the Passion" from 1451-1492:
Detail of a "chinese vessel" circa 1100-770 BC (well, those were the years of the rule of the particular dynasty this vessel is attributed to, but I DO wonder how "they" date these things, whoever "they" is):
Il Guercino, 1635, Boy in Large Hat, pen and ink, wash:
Also, the museum had a huge collection of Mayan/Incan vessels and figurines. And this is Japanese, from the Kofun period (300 - 710), "Haniwa Tomb Figure, ca. 6th century). I think the little clay guy looks cool and I'm amazed it stayed in one piece for 1500 years (I can't keep my dishes unbroken for 2 years - I put cold water in my favorite glass that was hot out of the dishwasher the other day, then it cracked and broke in several pieces, so sad):Here are some great Roman mosaics, there were several walls/fountains/floors covered in Roman mosaics inside the museum. On the wall:
From the interior of a Roman fountain (3rd century AD):Here is a description of the mosaics on the floor:
Additionally, the buildings on Princeton University's grounds were beautiful. I love the brickwork. And check out the quantity of green plant life:

Isn't this building cool? I especially LOVE the door (you'll probably have to click on the photo to enlarge it enough to see the door).

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