Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The Canadian Experience

The Canadian galleries are the first level in the permanent collection at the National Gallery. The layout was reorganized in the lead up to Canada 150 in 2017. The purpose was simple- to mix together conventional European style art with First Nations works, which is done now throughout the collection. This is the first thing one sees upon entry, a collection of artifacts from various First Nations peoples.

Off to the side are entrances into one of the interior courtyards, this one with a garden inside.

Here we have a portrait. Madame Felix Tetu is an oil painting by Louis Dulongpre, done circa 1795-1800.

A wider view of one of the gallery spaces shows the mix of religious statues, traditional art, and First Nations styles.

They include this coat by an artist from the Mississauga First Nation, circa 1844.

At one end of the courtyard, a path leads into the Rideau Chapel, the former chapel of a demolished convent. It was installed here, and the room itself is a work of art.This time it was quiet, but from time to time, speakers are placed inside and generate a sculpture of sound.


  1. You're so right! The Rideau Chapel is a work of art. I love that ceiling.

  2. The ceiling of the chapel is stunning.

  3. I like very much the coat!
    He is from 1844, but is very modern ... what an artist!

  4. I am happy that I don't have to wear a hat like the lady in the painting !

  5. A very elaborate and beautiful ceiling!

  6. I agree a the ceiling is a work of art. Amazing.

  7. The ceiling is wonderful and I like that old coat!

  8. ...you pay respect to First Nation people, something that doesn't happen here.

  9. What a fine chapel. And I do like that lovely coat.

  10. Beautiful

  11. That chapel is amazingly beautiful!

  12. I am glad to see that they are being honored with this exhibition.

  13. @Kay: it is a beauty.

    @Lady Fi: definitely.

    @Fun60: quite so.

    @Ella: I think so too.

    @Iris: quite so.

    @Gattina: hah!

    @Italiafinlandia: I agree.

    @Gemel: it very much is.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Marianne: so do I.

    @David: if only!

    @Janey: it is.

    @Tom: there's a lot of dark history here with First Nations people, and ongoing issues, but every step forward is a good one to make up for it.

    @DJan: so do I.

    @R: thank you.

    @Alexandria: it was a good idea.

    @Marie: it most certainly is.

  14. Talk About History - Super Cool


  15. That's an extremely pretty and graceful chapel. Madame Tetu looks a formidable woman - neither pretty or graceful!

  16. That chapel is simply stunning.

  17. Die Kapelle ist klasse schön das sie erhalten wurde.


  18. Nice coat . . . and ceiling. But the coat beats all. :)

  19. Isn't that coat amazing …
    I like the ceilings too.

    All the best Jan

  20. @Padre: it is.

    @John: true!

    @Sharon: I agree.

    @Nancy: definitely.

    @Jennifer: it really is.

    @Noke: thank you.

    @Bill: I think so too.

    @Revrunner: I agree.

    @Maywyn: that they are.

    @Mari: thanks!

    @Jan: thank you.

  21. look at that ceiling ... what awesome-ness!! cool!! ( ;

  22. That chapel is exquisite. Just that would be enough it's so beautiful.

  23. Sure is beautiful.
    When I saw the portrait I thought she looked like a character in one of Dickens books! : )

  24. @Beth: definitely.

    @Whisk: it is indeed.

    @Bill: it really is.

    @Jeanie: it was worth saving.

    @Happyone: she does look the part.

  25. All the displays are astounding. Were there places to sit when you photographed the ceiling of the chapel?

  26. O.K. One more vote for the ceiling.

  27. You've shown that chapel before, I believe, because I can remember commenting about how amazing it is. It still is, by the way.

  28. The Rideau Chapel really is a work of art, that ceiling..oh wow 💙

  29. I tried to leave a comment when using my iPad earlier. Sometimes they get through, other times they disappear into cyberspace :) What I said before was how much I liked that courtyard, especially the arches. I also enjoyed all the Rideau Chapel, magnificent! Exhibits were also wonderful. Thank you William!

  30. @Anvilcloud: it is.

    @Joanne: there are benches in there, as can be seen in some of the shots, but I stood for those.

    @Magiceye: that it is.

    @Rockinon: it is splendid.

    @Catalyst: yes, I've shown it before.

    @Jan: it really is.

    @Grace: most definitely.

    @Denise: you're welcome!

  31. The ceiling of the chapel is beautiful:)