Tuesday, November 12, 2013

getting some culture

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It feels so good to be getting some culture - my first art gallery visit since I've been in Europe. Saw (more than) a few posters in the London Tube for a Dürer exhibit at the Courtauld Gallery, so I popped in for a few hours on the free Saturday we had. The gallery is small, but has quite an impressive collection. Before getting to Dürer though, I was mesmerized by this. Apparently, this was the aristocratic pose. Taking notes ...
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... I keep thinking back to music. They say the classics are dull, are boring. But look at the drama and emotion, sublime tension in these pieces. How can they possibly be boring?!
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The best thing about these galleries is the sparse crowds, letting you get up and close to it all ...
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... to gaze and wonder ...
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... and be amazed to suddenly see that yes, even texture, is a dimension of the piece.
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I made it up to Dürer on the upper floor, and while his sketches and woodcuts were indeed impressive, what struck me was his 'AD' monogram. The first personal brand? At the very least, an incredibly stylish logo.
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But in the end, the most memorable, the most beautiful, was this quick sketch he did of his wife. Reminding me that of all the new places we may visit, the new things we may experience, sometimes it's our loved ones who remain the most inspiring and true.

Gawd I'm such a sentimentalist.

DF

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