Earlier this month I paid an evening visit to the National Gallery of Canada. The giant bronze spider Maman by Louise Bourgeois guards the main entrance.
The walkway up to the galleries heads up this long ramp. Work has been done here last year in replacing the glass panes along this stretch, and so the last time I paid a visit, this spot was more enclosed as part of those efforts.
The glass tower had its panes replaced some years earlier. It's a Christmas tradition to have a large tree in the grand hall, and the tree was still up when I visited. We'll see more of it before this series is through.
Pausing before going in, I went to the windows, and photographed across towards Parliament Hill.
Then it was time to go in. There are Canadian galleries on the main floor, with world art on the upper level. I stepped in, and first had a look at one of the two large interior courtyards. This one has a garden inside. A glass roof allows for daylight to come in.
The Canadian galleries were reorganized for Canada 150 with a different mandate, mixing together First Nations art with the more conventional art. The first thing you see when the door opens is this display of First Nations artifacts.
Included is this petroglyph on stone, dated to approximately 1000 AD, done by an Assiniboine artist, found in the Beaver Hills in the western plains.
A wider view of this gallery space includes items like a traditional coat encased in the foreground, with conventional paintings on the walls beyond. A couple of docents were in the Canadian section on the evening I visited. The first one was speaking with a visitor beyond this case when I took this shot. I chatted with the second one about several of the paintings in a gallery space beyond here, including one that I have photographed before, but not this time, featuring the Niagara escarpment at Hamilton in the 19th century.
The Woolsey Family is the title of this 1809 oil painting by William Berczy, a German born artist who came to Canada in the 1790s and has been deemed one of the founders of the town of York, which is now part of the greater city of Toronto.
Nearby, a display case features silver pieces used for religious purposes.