Category: Inspirations

Loire II – Amboise

The second day – Monday – we visited Amboise and its castle. Much of the castle has disappeared over time and not much is to be seen inside except busloads of disrespectful tourists, the furniture consists mostly of replicas, the entrance fee is rather steep, all of this turning it a bit into a tourist trap. Nevertheless, the castle and its surroundings are very picturesque.

Link with CtB: the castle belonged to his arch enemy Louis XI’s father. Louis XI hated his father and his mistress but liked the castle and let his wife and children live in it.

No links with CtB but still interesting: Leonardo’s presumed body is buried in the St Hubert chapel on the castle grounds. Note the words presumed. At some point a skeleton was dug up somewhere else, it was concluded that it could be Leonardo and was eventually buried in the chapel. Also, Charles VIII and Anne de Bretagne lived at the castle (after research it turns out that the Jean I was researching earlier on is linked with them). It was at Amboise that Charles the VIII hit his head on a door lintel and died a few hours later.
Amboise itself is a bit meh and very touristy.

In the neighbourhood but not visited:
The Pagoda: it is just a high, not so old but neglected tower.
The mini castle park: a park with miniature versions of the Loire castles.
The Clos Lucé: this is the manor where Leonardo lived and it has been turned into a tourist attraction. After reading reviews it seemed not worth it: the manor is not the original one, the things on display are not that interesting, it is too crowded and the entrance fee is very high.

Some snaps. First off, the castle grounds and Loire. Note they use robots to mow the lawn and seeing them at work is quite funny and anachronistic. Also it took some patience and planning to avoid crowds in the pictures.

The medieval St Hubert chapel where Leonardo is buried:

Inside the castle:


Trojaans haar

Stomme films uit de jaren 20 blijven toch de max. Bv Helena – over de Trojaanse oorlog – uit 1924. Ik ben er wat mee aan het experimenteren. De film duurt bijna vier uur, dus het is letterlijk een avondvullend programma.

Paris. Ter info, het is een man. Dat haar…
Helena en Paris … die Klimtkledij….
Helena en Paris. Dat overgeacteer…
Hector. Die stekende eyelinerblik
Achilles. Die make-up…

Paris I

Long time no write so update required. RL tasks away from home and events kept interfering, not to mention the sheer  endless stream of GDPR e-mails and phone calls that had to be dealt with.  Apart from those things, there was also an art school ‘field trip’ weekend and the last rush to complete assignments. Next on my list list will be updating the pages of this site.

In the mean time, here are some pictures of our art school ‘field trip’ to Paris a couple weekends ago. No time for shopping, just plenty of museums. We had to travel ultra light so I did not take the camera, and instead used my phone.

Day 1:

Strange rabbity art piece at the entrance of the Paris Nord train station.

The bombastic mausoleum with Napoleon’s tomb. We didn’t go in. 

We had a quick lunch in a park near Napoleon’s tomb. After an airport style security check by armed soldiers we were let into the park. Almost immediately after we sat down on one of the garden benches to eat our packed sandwiches an opportunistic one legged pigeon hopped over. We fed it bread and croissants. Probably not very good for the bird nutritionally speaking, but it seemed happy anyway.

After lunch we visited the Rodin museum and its gardens.

The entrance to the museum

Gates of Hell, quite appropriate description of the museum that day. Hot and crowded.

The man in the mirror

The hallway.

Pardon me but your nails are in my neck.

The head of Anna de Noailles (sculpted one, not her real head, obviously)

Study for John the Baptist

More loose parts of John the Baptist. 

The gardens, view from the rear. (HA HA HA so funny euuaahmmm)

Our next stop was the Orangerie. There are two parts to this museum: two large oval rooms with Monet’s water lilies and regular museum rooms with mostly 19th/20th century paintings by Renoir, Matisse,  etc. Lots of naked women. On the paintings, not in the halls.

We had to cross the Seine to go the the Orangerie.

To give you an idea what the lilies in the oval rooms look like. I somehow managed to crop out the crowds.

This painting by Matisse can also be seen at the Orangerie

Our last stop for the day was the Orsay museum. Staff made a whole fuss about entrance times, security check, rucksacks etc, so in the end we had about 15 minutes for a visit all in all. I only had time to take a quick snap of this Bouguereau painting of Dante and Virgil in Hell on my way out. Here you can see a good example of the saying: “Hell is where my hat is.” In general I do not particularly like Bouguereau’s paintings but this one is a bit more interesting. The picture here says nothing about the size. The painting is huge (281×225 according to Wikipedia).

This concluded out museum visits of day one. Day two is for the next post.

 


Les rois maudits – Druon

Ik zie mijn boekverzameling eerder als een soort wolk (oftewel “cloud”) waarin alles vendiagram- en pijlgewijs met elkaar verbonden is, dan een nette, volgens bibliotheeknormen geordende collectie.

Les Rois Maudits door Maurice Druon – Deze pockets uit de jaren 70 vond ik ergens onderin een oude boekenkast bij mijn ouders. Het kan best dat ze nog van mijn grootmoeder kwamen. Die was geobsedeerd door de Franse adel en koning en prinsessen en allerlei andere soorten klatergoud.  De romans van Druon over de Franse middeleeuwen zijn in het Engels verschenen als The Accursed Kings en zoals ik achteraf op Wikipedia las, blijken ze een inspiratie geweest te zijn voor Games of Thrones-auteur George Martin. Ik weet niet of ik ze helemaal ga lezen. Ik lees niet zo graag Franse boeken (en dat doet me eraan herinneren dat ik de rest van de Sèdes boek nog moet vertalen). Ik heb ooit een stuk van de tv-serie bekeken maar die was aan de saaie kant. De verhalen gaan echter over een periode die wel weer bij de rest van mijn collectie past, namelijk de Middeleeuwen en de tempeliers. Dus nog maar even bijhouden. Het zijn kleine pockets en ze vullen de gaatjes op.

 

 


Gustave Doré

Het is waarschijnlijk niet erg hip, maar het is toch steeds fijn door de lekkere prenten van Gustave Doré (1832-1883) te bladeren.

Tobias and the angel – Illustrations for the bible by Gustave Doré

Vergilius and Dante – Illustrations for the Divina Commedia by Gustave Doré

Lucifer – Illustrations for Paradise Lost by Gustave Doré

 

 


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