Thomas Cole: The Voyage of Life

A series of four paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.  A beautiful, inspirational set of paintings that depict the stages of life – from infancy to old age

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A Trip to the National Gallery of Art

There are two exhibits at the National Gallery of Art that I wanted to see.  “Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting” was an interesting and eye opening display of the willingness of great painters to borrow ideas from one another.  The “Posing for the Camera” exhibit allowed me to see for myself some notable prints by great photographers.  Of course, everyone was intently looking at the great masterpieces.

Images from “Posing for the Camera”

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Paintings from the “Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting” exhibit

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And the painting by the stairwell, Salvador Dali’s “The Last Supper.”

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Outside the museum, proof that red is a beautiful color.

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Frozen

With most of the United States in deep freeze, why not venture out on the first day of the year and feel that cold, crisp air?  Why not.  Unfortunately, my favorite museum was closed for the day.

DSC05251_sStill, a little cold weather did not deter this man, nor did the weather deter his drinking companions.

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