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Bringing Art to Life

Have you ever stared at a painting long enough that you could almost see Degas‘ ballerinas pirouetting on stage? Or perhaps you’ve stared at a self-portrait of Rembrandt long enough to see him walk out of the painting? Art was always my favourite subject in school. Nevertheless, I decided not to take art history during …

Travel

Virtual Travel: Cultural Institutions

Feeling drained of the arts in your life? Craving for more history and culture? Are you in dire need to travel but are currently unable to leave? Or perhaps the weather is too miserable outside to leave home. Try (free) virtual museum visits! Last autumn, I visited the Google Art Project website and was surprised to find so …

Lifestyle

The Original Mona Lisa

 

The Original Mona Lisa

Back on 27 Sept 2012, it was discovered that the Isleworth Mona Lisa was an earlier painting of Leonardo Da Vinci, if not one of his students’. Today, it’s been announced that the Isleworth/Swiss Mona Lisa is not a student copy but an original by Da Vinci, painted at least 10 years before the Louvre‘s copy.

I like the younger version of the Mona Lisa and hope to see both Mona Lisa paintings someday. I would like to have a poster copy of the ‘original’ ML in my room. 🙂

Lifestyle

Another Mona Lisa

Alleged earlier Mona Lisa by Leonardo unveiled

The Isleworth Mona Lisa on the left, the Louvre's Mona Lisa on the right. A Swiss foundation says the Isleworth Mona Lisa is an earlier version of the painting by Leonardo.
The Isleworth Mona Lisa on the left, the Louvre‘s Mona Lisa on the right. A Swiss foundation says the Isleworth Mona Lisa is an earlier version of the painting by Leonardo. (Mona Lisa Foundation)

I prefer the Isleworth Mona Lisa, probably because she looks more animated, whereas the world-renowned Mona Lisa that hangs in the Louvre looks rather eerie. (I still like the painting though!)

So whether or not the Isleworth was painted by Da Vinci or a student admirer, we’ll now have the opportunity to admire both paintings!

Munich Travel

Munich: The Pinakotheken

The Pinakotheken The Pinakotheken has 3 museums: Alte (Old), Neue (new), and Moderne (modern). As part of the 1€ Museum visit, I visited the first 2, as I have limited or no interest in modern/contemporary art (i.e. late 1900s-present). Alte Art masterpieces from the 14th-18th C. Art from Rembrandt and van Dyck can be found here. Neue …