Ars longa vita brevis
With an artist in the family, the home page must have a page for museums, art shows, colleagues and memorable moments of art. And a “News Desk” too!
We have also taken up an old interest – photography. See some of our pictures on SmugMug.
An old master we like very much is Jan Vermeer van Delft. Here to the left, you see one of his most famous paintings – Girl with a Pearl Earring – a suitable lead-in for this section. The picture links to a page where you can see large versions of Vermeer’s paintings.
A real treasure with hundreds of works of arts is shown by the Web Gallery of Art.
Memorable moments in museums – two favorites
Happiness can be meeting “the Girl with a pearl earring” by Jan Vermeer, in Mauritshuis in Haag, Holland! A portrait, very old, but still alive and Margareta’s favourite since she met her long ago in 1964. There are no photos or printings good enough to give you that feeling of standing in front of a living person. Mona-Lisa may be famous, but this painting almost knocked me (M)!
Walking through numerous rooms on feet in shoes seeming to shrink, looking at huge and famous paintings of battles and still-life (natures mortes) and your brain meekly asks: “why?”, and then, suddenly, find the paintings by Vermeer in a small almost hidden room, his fantastic view of Delft and the girl with the shimmering pearl earring. Aha, so that is what the books try to explain to you! No book in the whole world can ever give you the same feeling, so if you visit Haag (Hague), go to the Mauritshuis and see the Old Masters Jan Vermeer van Delft and Frans Hals. Two Masters well worth the entrance fee!
Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem. Lovely! The museum’s home page is very nice and lots of thumbnail pictures to enlarge. What a collection! In the well-known group paintings by Frans Hals every face is a portrait. You will remember your visits to these museums for many years!
The Frans Hals Museum has a superb collection of old Dolls Houses too! Tiny miniatures of the grown-up world from different centuries. Has there ever been a child allowed to play with these art treasures? Made by a skilful carpenter as a miniature copy of the customer’s house.
Frans Hals museum
Room in a doll’s house, about 60 cm wide
Art and art history
Art History Resources for Students, Enthusiasts, and Educators – from About.com, lots of links, e.g. this one – ART HISTORY RESOURCES: Part 20 Research Resources – everything is there! Pictures, biographies, books, museums … and there you’ll find more links, leading to links, leading to links, leading to … and on and on … >>> to e.g. this EmbARK Web Kiosk (a searchable image database of almost 19,000 images from throughout the world by Kathleen Cohen) which is a door to a gigantic encyclopedia of Art History and Art.
Do “bookmark” interesting pages during your browsing of these sites, because it is very easy to get lost in the virtual museums and to forget where you started!
It is no idea to write more about Art and Art History, because anything you want to know is hidden in the links above! And by the way, don’t forget the small museums with odd and old things you’ll find in villages and towns on vacations in different countries! Vintage cars, ditto trains, cider, chocolate, odds and ends from Granny’s childhood or older. There are collectors of everything in every country. Even of corks to wine bottles! We have met one collector of almost everything, in Ireland.
One of our favourites is An Dún Transport & Heritage Museum, Athlone, Ireland. Please, have a short tour in these pictures! Point with the mouse to enlarge! Their vintage toy train …
The dairy department
Picnick basket, 1930
The toy train
INUTI – (an organisation for retarded artists) gives workshops and exhibitions with organisations all over Europe.
Artists we know, with own web site
Marianne Kube, Margareta’s fellow student from Konstfack, the art school, and since then a good friend. Akvarellist som huvudgren. (Pär made the web site)
Erik Cedervall – painter, graphics, died 2013 (Pär made the web site)
Militta Wellner och Rune Johansson – illustrators, painters and designers
Tippan Nordén – illustrator, painter, fashion (Pär made the web site)
Staffan Tolsén – painter
Aalborg Kunstpavillon – a beautifully situated art museum in Denmark. Links to many Danish artists.
Nordiska Akvarellsällskapet – Nordic Water Colour Society
Nordiska Akvarellmuseet – museum with courses in painting – in Skärhamn, Tjörn in Bohuslän
Gerlesborgsskolan – Art School in Tanum, Bohuslän, lots of courses, and during summer studios for rent!