|Image taken at the Louvre (by me) May 2011, Paris France - Mona Lisa, 1503-06, Leonardo Da Vinci, On wood, Louvre Museum, Paris, France
|The Virgin and Child With Saint Anne, c. 1508, Leonardo Da Vinci, Louvre Museum, Paris, France
|Saint John the Baptist, 1513-16, Oil on Panel, Leonardo da Vinci, Louvre Museum, Paris France
For me, viewing art in the beautiful pictures of my art history books is akin to a fairy tale - quite often the lighting is perfect, the angle is perfect, the composition is perfect, all is perfect....the majority of the time. In person, more often than not, photography does not translate real life quite so well. I was not a Caravaggio, Leonardo, or Dali fan in print, I am in person. I was enamored with Botticelli's coloration in photography yet missed the intricacy of his works until I could sit at the National Gallery in DC and muse at each detail.
While my photographs in my textbooks brought me to the museums and caused me to cross the ocean 6,000 miles to see the David (as a friend recited to me) it is the works themselves which hold the true beauty. Michelangelo's photography did not do his work justice.
So for today, I leave with a favorite quote by a sculptor which is about art and about life in general, which I try so hard to live by:
"...I have been to the same part of the seashore - but each year a new shape of pebble has caught my eye, which the year before, though it was there in hundreds, I never saw." ~Henry Moore, Sculptor