Saturday was a stunning day in the Boston area. Bright sunshine, 60 degrees or so which was just warm enough after 3 days in the 90s. Jeff and I decided to go to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts to see two exhibits: Botticelli and Matisse and His Objects. Although I hated to be indoors all afternoon, these two shows were worth it.
The Botticelli show was very informative and also very crowded. I took some photos but it was hard to get a good angle. The exhibit started out with the a lovely, serene altarpiece, Virgin and Child, by Boticelli’s famous teacher Fra Fillipo Lippi.
Because it was so crowded, I wasn’t able to get great photos. Often the light was shining on a key portion of the painting. Most of the works were very large. Here’s a late Botticelli, Virgin with Child and St. John. It’s a fascinating work because of the unusual downward arc of the composition that served as foreshadowing by mimicking the downward arc used in “deposition” paintings (lowering Christ from the cross into the grave).
Next we headed to the Matisse show. The concept of the exhibit was the role of the objects that Matisse collected and used throughout his career in his paintings, drawings or to inspire his sculpture: vases, coffeepots, African figures and masks, Middle Eastern furniture and wall hangings, figures of the Buddha and Hindu gods and goddesses. It was very cool to see so many of the objects that Matisse owned throughout his life and used in his art works. He saw the objects as having relationships among themselves according to the way they were arranged in his compositions. He felt that the objects engendered emotions in him that were reflected in his work. He believed that once he mastered the animation of objects as “not-so still lifes”, he was then able to incorporate people in his work. I had no idea that that was how his work evolved.
This well-known painting of a woman with a vase of flowers on a Moroccan table was a riot of color and pattern. We saw the actual vase and the table depicted in the work.
The floral displays in the museum were gorgeous as well. There were two displays that were done in my favorite shades of peach and orange.
After the museum, we drove over to Harvard Square and managed to get lucky in finding a parking spot. We walked to the outdoor courtyard at the Charles Hotel and had a beer and shared some mussels at Legal Seafood. A very nice afternoon indeed!
How about you? What was on your agenda?
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