Saturday, June 30, 2012

People Looking at Paintings

On our recent trip to Washington, DC, my main focus was the National Gallery of Art --- the West building, which has a TON of beautiful and famous paintings (and sculpture, but I just didn't have time to look at much sculpture).  I took a LOT of pictures of the pictures    :)     but I liked to observe the human interest outside of the paintings, as well.  I surreptitiously snapped a few pix of people looking at the paintings, and here they are:


A thoughtful appraisal.



Ah.  That's beautiful.


But we need a closer look.




Gray pants, dark shirt, paper in hand ---- life reflected in paint.  Or paint repeated in life... whichever way you look at it.




Taking pix of pix.




It feels SO good to sit down for awhile.




So that's Renoir.




Lovely.




Uh oh.  Caught.  Sometimes I'm not surreptitious enough.




Very interesting.




Very interesting indeed.




Oh, dear.  I just thought of something.




Okay ...




All tuckered out.  Famous paintings can do that to you.




The bewigged and behatted versus the tonsured and bareheaded.  3 to 1.




The ubiquitous cell phone.  Do you think they are discussing the art?  Do you think maybe he's talking to HER and she's talking to HIM?  About the art?  Even though they're sitting right next to each other ... it just feels so natural to have a cell phone on the ear ... can't talk without one anymore .... maybe  :)




This is my favorite.  They're just so serious, so contemplative, so --- cute.




Gorgeous!  I must get a pic of THIS one.




Great art must be discussed.  Seriously.




These lovely girls were slowly circling the room, engrossed in the paintings, and fell into some lovely natural poses.  But this is the only pic I was able to snap surreptitious-wise.




The end.  Hope you enjoyed looking at people looking at pix!


Friday, June 22, 2012

The Lincoln Memorial

A long straight pathway leads alongside the Reflecting Pool to the Lincoln Memorial.  Thankfully, it is shady!  The Reflecting Pool is having some kind of restoration or construction work done on it.  The tree-lined path is crowded with tourists, and every so often there are benches to sit down on.







Tall flights of stone steps lead up to the memorial.





At the top of the steps, the Washington Memorial may be seen in the distance.



There is a portico which runs around the entire outside perimeter of the building.




The view from one side of the portico.




The stone columns are massive, and very tall.







Inside the building, Lincoln sits and looks upon posterity with a sad and grave gaze.







At Lincoln's right, the wall is engraved with his Gettysburg Address.  There is a mural painted over the speech, but the paint is so dark and the mural is so high it is difficult to distinguish.



And on the other wall, to Lincoln's left, is engraved his Second Inaugural Address.




If Lincoln's stony eyes could see....





The 3 panels of the Second Inaugural Address follow.

Lincoln wrote his own speeches.  Notice that he quotes the Bible and speaks of God with reverence and belief.  It is obvious from this speech that Lincoln realized that God rules over all, including human governments.  
















Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Washington Monument

The last time I was in Washington, DC (when I was 11 or 12), we went up in the Washington Monument.  This time we did not get to go up, as no one is allowed inside because of the cracks in the monument caused by the recent earthquake.









Above, a view from base of Washington Monument.


Above, another view from base of Washington Monument.


Looking west from Washington Monument, you can see the Lincoln Memorial in the distance.  The World War II Memorial lies between.



Abvoe, midway between Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial, looking across WWII Memorial at Lincoln Memorial.

Click HERE to see a short video of the Washington Monument.