More About Cima de Conegliano, Venetian Painter

Self thinks dear blog readers deserve to know:  The Economist had a review of the current exhibit at the Luxembourg Museum, the one self saw today, the one on the work of Cima de Conegliano.  The review appeared in the April 21, 2012 issue, and self saved it because she knew by then that she’d be going to Paris when she’d finished up at Hawthornden.  So, the review (very crumpled by now, but still) was in her bag when she got to the Luxembourg.  Here’s an excerpt:

Born in 1459, Cima became a painter during the blossoming of the Italian Renaissance.  It was an inspiring time to be an artist, but the competition was fierce.  He worked in Venice, where Giovanni Bellini was already established.  By the time Cima died in 1517/18, Giorgione and Titian had made their marks.  The fame of these artists has overshadowed Cima’s.  It is a shame.

Ironically, the painting self remembers most clearly wasn’t even a religious painting.  There are a few that depict Theseus, one that depicts Bacchus.  The one self lingered over was the one of Theseus slaying the Minotaur.  She thought the depiction of Theseus was a little girl-y, but all the drama was in the figure of the Minotaur —  specifically, its face, which Cima depicted as human:  a man’s face, with wild flying hair and mouth open in terror.  The audio tour (which in self’s humble opinion could have been a wee bit more comprehensive), pointed out that in almost all depictions of the Minotaur, he is shown as having the body of a man and the head of a bull, but here in Cima’s painting, that situation is reversed:  the Minotaur ends up looking more like a Centaur.  Still, self could not stop pausing to look more closely at the Minotaur’s wildly flying hair, and its despairing mouth.  It’s a very small painting, but powerful.

The Jardin du Luxembourg, on a rainy afternoon.  The building depicted is NOT the museum.  Self knows because she approached a gendarme to ask if that was the museum, and he said no.  The Museum is a much smaller building, with entry point on one of the Jardin’s perimeter streets, busy with traffic.

Self will hang on to article from The Economist.  In case, one day, she should happen to visit Venice.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Walking Around: Near the Jardin du Luxembourg

All day, it threatened rain.  Self made herself walk.

She was fascinated by these window displays:

She caught glimpses of the Louvre, and many monuments (mostly of people she didn’t know or recognize).  She crossed a bridge that looked like it might have been the same bridge Owen Wilson walked along, at the end of “Midnight in Paris,” when he’s chatting with the French girl.  She caught a fascinating exhibit in the Luxembourg Museum, called “Cima da Conegliano:  Master of the Venetian Renaissance.”

When she left the museum, the rain began in earnest:

She boarded a bus without checking the route, figuring she could just get a transfer.  When she told the bus driver where she wanted to go, he stopped and made her get off.  “Metro!” he said.

On the way to the Metro, she saw an empty cab.  Minutes after getting in the cab, she glanced to her right, out the cab window, and saw the Cathedrale de Notre Dame.  It was just a glimpse —  but, hey, at least she can say she’s seen it!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Balcony/ Sunset Last Night

From the Balcony of the Apartment in Monmartre

Self has another day of exploring Paris ahead.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.


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