Tuesday, January 31, 2017

MySpot: Luminous

"Life is indeed colourful. 
We can feel in the pink one day, with our bank balances comfortably in the black, 
and the grass seemingly no greener on the other side of the fence. 
Then out of the blue, something tiresome happens that makes us see red, turn ashen white, even purple with rage. 
Maybe controlling our varying emotions is just 'colour management' by another name."

Alex Morritt - Impromptu Scribe

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

France, Loire Valley - Château de Blois VI (The Town)

The Chateau's exteriors offer an exceptional panorama spanning several centuries of French architecture
 and encompassing the town of Blois and the Loire valley.

Among the most important events to take place at Blois Castle, Joan of Arc came here in 1429 to be blessed 
before setting off to drive the English from Orleans.

Joan got her army and set off along the Loire which, then as now, was an unpredictable thoroughfare: 
sometimes in torrential flood, sometimes just trickling through grassy shallows. 
Crossing points were few and far between, so towns with bridges tended to attract most of the fighting. 
And exploring these today, you find that almost all of them have Jeanne d'Arc streets and statues, 
houses where she stayed and churches where she prayed. 
Passing through Tours, her first significant stop was Blois: 
a town filled with history from later periods and famous for an urban chateau with architectural features that weren't there in 1429, 
so Joan wouldn't have seen them as she marshaled her troops and had her standard blessed by the local prelate.
But she'd have seen the view from the terrace, across the river to the open countryside beyond...

Saturday, January 21, 2017

MySpot: We Call Them Nudes

"She was a quiet rebel. 
She wasn’t loud or in your face but she had her own mind, 
she couldn’t be told what to do, 
she’d be polite and then still go her own way."


Forget Me Not

"I would like to use this little flower as a metaphor. 
The five petals of the little forget-me-not flower prompt me to consider five things we would be wise never to forget...
first, forget not to be patient with yourself...
second, forget not the difference between a good sacrifice and a foolish sacrifice...
third, forget not to be happy now...
fourth, forget not the why of the gospel...
fifth, forget not that the Lord loves you."

Dieter F. Uchtdorf - Forget Me Not

Sunday, January 15, 2017

France, Loire Valley - Château de Blois V (The Art)

Major works by famous artists (Ingres, Rubens, Boucher, etc.) highlight the Chateau's collections, 
making it one of the most important fine arts museums from France.

France, Loire Valley - Château de Blois IV (The Interior)

In 1850, the Blois authorities wished to showcase local culture 
and decided to create a museum of fine arts in the François I wing as an artistic pole of attraction, 
so the Museum of Fine Arts presence was rendered official.

No sooner had it opened, than the gifts and donations of artists or non-artists, 
consignments from the State and a miscellany of acquisitions were lodged in the museum. 
Collections grew so quickly and extensively that by 1851, more rooms had to be occupied. 

 Responses to appeals for donations have contributed to the creation of an eclectic collection of artistic, 
archaeological and ethnological objects that reflect the general history of the arts. 
State depositories for artwork and recent acquisitions have continued to enrich a composite entity 
consisting primarily in remarkable 16th and 17th century works related to the castle's history, 
and it is presently containing some 35000 items.

Each room in the museum is devoted to a single theme in the history of Western art, 
and the theme-based circuit, which eschews the usual chronological sequencing, 
is at once specific to the Blois Museum of Fine Arts, and a museographic innovation. 
Indeed, the museum offers a new way of viewing art history 
by grouping works from different epochs that were devoted to a given subject.