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Head of Man with Facial Paralysis- 1470 made in the Workshop of N. Gerhaart of Leyde

David’s Mom and her friend Nancy have been visiting us this last week.  Unfortunately, the weather has been a bit iffy.  We had one gloriously sunny day- during which we explored outdoors in Strasbourg, the old part of the city, the Cathedral and its square, etc.  But, the following day was grey and rainy.  Since I was (ehem) a bit under the weather myself, David took our guests on a tour of 5 museums that are situated in a palace just next to the cathedral.  I am not sure why we had never been into them before!  David took a lot of photos so I could see what everything was about.

In one museum they had taken and restored many of the original statues from the Cathedral’s exterior.  The statues currently in place are copies.  In another, there was fabulous furniture from the renaissance.  And in yet another were paintings and other fine art.  David and I were both struck by a couple of things.

One, the 1470’s artists were extremely into the grotesque!  This piece, entitled Deceased Lovers is a great illustration.  Gotta LOVE the placement of the toad!

Deceased Lovers, 1470 oil on pine panel

Deceased Lovers, 1470 oil on pine panel

Then there was this- the bust of a paralyzed man from the same time period.

Head of Man with Facial Paralysis- 1470 made in the Workshop of N. Gerheart of Leyde

Head of Man with Facial Paralysis- 1470 made in the Workshop of N. Gerheart of Leyde

Secondly, the lifestyle of a renaissance person wasn’t really as different from today as we might have guessed.  For instance, here is a visual timeline of one man’s life.  Note the walker he used as a baby!  Really, the design hasn’t changed that much in 600 years!!

Early years of a man's life.  David didn't photograph the attribution on this one

Early years of a man’s life. David didn’t photograph the attribution on this one

But one thing that was, perhaps a little different.  There was a LOT of art around.  Here are many more of the wonderful pieces on display.  I will divide them into two sets.  The first will be general art pieces.  And, since there are so many, the second will be statues from the Cathedral itself.

REMEMBER- You must click on each page to scroll through the images there, and you must go into the slide show to see the informative and sometimes Whimsical captions.

 

  2 Responses to “Focus Point- Strasbourg Museums”

  1. I think the china pieces are space heated, fire is built inside them at the bottom or back. The one with the open pagoda style is interesting. The blue color indicates they may have been from Maecin (sp?) which was famous for china and supposedly kidnapped a Chinese porcelain maker to get the secrets of the craft.

  2. Nice pics. Hope you guys are keeping warm over there.

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