I absolutely love museums! The history that dwells within (and on) museum walls just astounds me. I am amazed at how I can look at something today that was created hundreds, sometimes thousands, of years ago. To me, history is the like an eye on a person; if an eye is the window to the soul, then history is the window to the world. Just being in the presence of a piece of art painted by Monet or Van Gogh or Renoir makes me shiver. And the ancient art, well that just completes the whole experience. Some of these pieces were created thousands of years ago, and I like to picture the real people who looked at or used them. It’s crazy to think that someone who lived in the B.C. era looked at the same thing I am looking at in 2016 A.D. That’s why I love history. I feel like it creates a closeness between people and generations that isn’t otherwise there in daily life.
I visited the Museum of Fine Arts and it is just incredible. There are so many beautiful pieces of art there and they are all so different from one another. There are the paintings by Monet, Renoir, etc and then there are the vases from ancient Greece and the tribal masks from long ago Africa. There is also a room filled with furniture from eighteenth century France and in the next room are paintings and trinkets from the Dutch royalty in the seventeenth century. And in another room, there are American objects from around the time of the Revolutionary War. I could go on and on, but the imagination captures the idea better than the words do so I’ll just let you think about the endless possibilities that museum held. Oh, also I took some pictures so if your imagination can’t quite come up with it, then here are some visual stimulants. (I’m not an expert on art. All the commentaries are my opinions)
(All photos were taken at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA)
Canal Venice by Pierre Renoir (1881)
This is my favorite painting mainly because I recently visited Venice and it reminds me of the beautiful city. But I also love all the different colors used.
Mother and Child by Claude Monet
This painting reminds me of me and my mother, and I really like the matching blue on the mother and the child contrasting with the red from the flowers in the background.
The Pink Cloud by Paul Signac (1916)
I like this one because it reminds me of cotton candy haha and it’s just so colorful and happy
I’d say that these two paintings are worth a lot of… Monet 😉
I like this painting a lot because I felt a kind of calm and melancholy looking at it. It made me wonder so many things about the woman in the painting.
I just liked the power that this painting reflects… also its huge which kind of adds to the power
This was the room with the fancy French furniture
There are two giant baby heads sculptures outside in the back of the museum. They are named Night and Day… this one is Night I believe (because the eyes are closed)
This was a mirrored image of the bottles inside… it seemed to go on forever. I thought it made a really cool picture.
I hope these pictures were interesting and beautiful to you. I highly recommend visiting a museum soon, any museum, because they hold so many amazing things, and they are a fun way to educate yourself on the world. In addition, many museums offer student discounts; I got in free just by showing my college ID. And, going with friends always makes for intellectual discussions.
Ciao for now!