Sunday, April 30, 2023

The Transition From Winter To Spring

Central Park is a long ribbon-like park in the north end of the Glebe, a low lying valley in the neighbourhood. It's been my tradition for some years to show the park from winter into spring, with two shots taken each time from Bank Street, which crosses through the park.
I start with these shots taken one morning in December, first looking east and then looking west. This park is popular with dog walkers from the area. You should be able to find at least a couple of examples of that below.

On an evening in the latter half of January, I passed by again.

Here we have things in the early part of February at dawn one morning.

Early one morning in early March I took these shots.

One morning early this month I passed by again at dawn. The melt was gradually doing its thing.

And lastly, taken just a few days ago. The snow was gone, and the grass was looking quite green.

Saturday, April 29, 2023

The Glories Of The City Of Venice

 Carrying on with where I left off yesterday, Canaletto painted Saint Mark's And The Clock Tower, Venice around 1735-37.

The Piazzetta, Venice is by Bernardo Bellotto, circa 1743. Bellotto was a nephew of Canaletto.

A second work by Bellotto hangs close by. The Arsenal, Venice dates around 1743.

Another work by Canaletto, done at some point between 1740-60. This is The Campo di Rialto And The Church Of St. James, Venice.

Moving along, this 1750 canvas is by Allan Ramsay: Mrs. Lindesay Of Eaglescarnie.

Lastly for today, this is Thomas Wentworth, Earl Of Strafford, And His Family, by Gawen Hamilton, done in 1732. I'm stepping out of this series for something different tomorrow, but we'll get back into this on the first of the month.

Friday, April 28, 2023

The Old Dutch Masters

 Here we have a painting by Rembrandt. A Jewish Heroine From The Hebrew Bible dates to 1632-33.

Looking very 17th century, mind you.

Another Dutch master: Jan van Goyen. Castle By A River was done in 1648.

Philips Wouwerman painted Travelers Resting around 1648-50.

The Return Of The Prodigal Son is by Jan Weenix, dating to 1668, depicting the parable of the New Testament.

Jacob van Ruisdael painted a landscape that certainly was not Dutch in this work, Waterfall, done in the 1660s.

From the Dutch to the Italians. Finishing off today, here we have The Church Of Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, by Francesco Guardi, circa 1780-85. We'll pick up here tomorrow. And sufficed to say, one guess what my take on the Museum theme is for May 1st.

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Paintings Of The Faith

 Today we begin with The Dead Christ On The Cross, by Philippe de Champaigne, dating to around 1655-60.

Mary Magdalen, circa 1520-25, is by Domenico Puligo.

Here we have The Virgin And Child With An Angel, circa 1535-39, by Francesco Salviati

Portrait Of An Elderly Man is by Jacopo Tintoretto, circa 1565-75.

The Annunciation Of The Virgin's Death is by Paulus Bor, dating to around 1635-40.

This painting is Landscape With Two Watermills, circa 1670, by Meindert Hobbema. I still remember a conversation with a docent about this one several years ago- the painting looks empty of activity at first glance, but when you start really looking, there are people all over the place.

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Woman Of Samaria

 One last painting before departing from the Baroque Room. Christ And The Woman Of Samaria is a 1647 painting by Guercino.

Here we have a darker sort of subject: The Death Of Sapphira dates to 1599-1603, and is by Christoforo Roncalli.

Rubens painted Head Of An Old Woman around 1615, as reference for other paintings.

The Entombment is by Rubens, circa 1612-14.

And this is Stormy Landscape by Rubens, dating to 1635-36

I close out today with this work by Anthony Van Dyck, titled Let The Children Come To Me, dating back to 1618-20.