Saturday, December 19, 2009

Adventures at the Museum.

On Thursday, Matt and I went to the museum. It really helped cheer me up.

I've only been to the Nelson-Atkins once before, and I was so fascinated by the European Renaissance art that I spent my entire visit in about three rooms. I had seen a few things that really stuck with me, and was thrilled to learn this time that I was allowed to take photos so long as I didn't use flash.

I didn't bother trying to take many photos of the full pieces, as it doesn't make a very nice picture:


 
So instead, I took snippets. Huge post ahead.



Can you imagine these shoes as closed-toed, high heel, knee-high boots? I could wear them with my red vintage dress, like this:



Yes, I am finding fashion ideas in a religious moral painting. Bad?











I take less blurry photos than...



... Matt does.



She is supposed to be a modern-day Persephone...



... who has killer shoes.





Here is where I totally geeked out:



This was done by John Singer Sargent, who also painted the scandalous Madame X portrait. I've been reading a fantastic book about him and Madame X (Amelie Gatreau) and have gotten a bit obsessed with the subject. I went a bit nuts when I looked over at the plate and realized I was admiring his work. See, now I'm torn, because I want to push you to read the book but don't want to seem like I'm shoe-horning in an Amazon link. Ah well.



The book truly is fantastic. It talks about Sargent's path as an artist and Amelie's as a famous beauty, and the racy portrait he painted of her (with a dangling shoulder strap!!!!) that shocked Paris. It destroyed her reputation, and nearly ended his career.

3 comments:

  1. I love that museum! I feel so lucky we have a place that cool in KC, especially with it being FREE. :P
    I used to go there all the time when I went to UMKC but haven't been there in ages since then. This post kind of makes me wanna go again soon!
    Omg omg omg I need to read that book!! You have me hooked, even without the link. Hehe. ;)

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  2. I too am guilty of photographing paintings based simply on the clothing in them...

    Your red bag is so cute!

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  3. I'm also one of the guilty ones who gets fashion ideas from paintings! At least we're being inspired by something other than a glossy magazine? ;-) Happy Holidays!

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