Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Visit to the Legion of Honor

We had an adventure in San Francisco which included a visit to the beach and to the Legion of Honor. It was a crisp cool day, but the view of the Golden Gate Bridge was spectacular so I made Pete, Jake, and Sam pose in the cold wind for a photo op. At the Legion of Honor, there is a painting that is part of the permanent exhibit, called "The Russian Bride's Attire". The Russian artist, Konstantin Makovsky, painted this in 1877. I understand the painting is so large it could not get through any of the doors so they had to open up the ceiling and lower it in.

The detail in each and every piece of clothing, carpet, and object in this painting is absolutely exquisite. But what impresses me the most is how the artist has been able to capture and express the different emotions on each face. You can almost see and hear their thoughts when you gaze at their faces. You can feel the anticipation, anxieties, and angst as if you are another witness to the event and want to also try to help ease the Bride's fears or maybe even rescue her. A lovely day in the city by the Bay.

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