This weekend I went to the Detroit Institute of Art with an old friend, and I was so pleasantly surprised by how much it had. I haven’t been in years, so to go after having a little more understanding under my belt made it so much more enjoyable. I took some notes (because I’m nerdy about history), so here are some things that I learned, and my favorites of the whole day!
We dove right into it with Byzantine and Mesopotamian art. A lot of it was metal carving and stone sculptures, but they were some of the most beautiful stone sculptures I’ve ever seen! The Gudea of Lagash really interested me– and guess what?! It might be a fraud. That’s right. There were different points about the type of stone being found in the region but not being used during that time, and the circles on the hat are normally aligned, whereas this one has diagonal circles. I also loved the stone scrolls and stamps in clay. Each intricate detail was carved into the stone, and the pictures they can make are so incredibly detailed.
As we were walking through the hallways I saw this really old and beautiful European cabinet. All of the intricate patterning was made from bone and metals, which is amazing. We also saw some incredible Greek pottery, some Medieval Art, and Egyptian sculptures and mummies. This was all before we got to the Dutch artists which I LOVE. Do you know how many paintings of clouds they have?! So many! For a cloud enthusiast it was a dream. Lily Pond, Moonlit Landscape, and Notre Dame Cathedral were just some examples of the many, many paintings I will forever remember. Mostly because I took photos and saved them to my Cloud Folder. We finished the day off with Flowers in a Glass Vase. It’s beautiful and detailed. I loved it.
Tell me who your favorite artists/works of art/cloud painting are! I’d love to hear them!