55E. Fine Arts Lesson

Sadly there were not any well known artists born in Bordeaux nor were there any who felt the need to retreat to Bordeaux for inspiration. This is qualified by the fact that I don’t really know that many artists – so any of my super smart art friends are welcome to school me. Despite this fact, the Musee des Beaux-Arts was able to score some pretty big name artists and it made for a pleasurable field trip for the family today. Even Brody who measures his like of an art museum by the number of floors.



Without trying we are becoming art conniseurs. We recognize names, syles and subjects. Maybe it’s just the adults but every now and then the children surprise us. Ardena dn Scarlet have their own method of art touring. They find paintings and make up their own story or interpretation. They can be very amusing. Brody thinks they are often telling the truth and then gets mad when he finds it is a big lie.

Here are some of the paintings we saw today and the REAL stores behind them. All pictures are kosher nobody was scolded, the docent even said, “Photo, no problem”



This is a painting of Laocoon and his sons being killed by serpents sent by Poseidon – the why of which has been lost to time but there are a few versions floating around. The most famous depiction of the story is a sculpture in the Vatican – Brody remembered it immediately and then piped up that there is a fake statue (because all the parts are there) in the Ufuzi gallery in Florence.


We thought we had seen everything but this one was new – a body carrying around their head. Furious googling revealed that this is Saint Justus, a cephalophore. Cephalophores are saints who carry their heads around or perched on their shoulder. I am stunned that there is a name for this. Justus was a 9 year old who was executed for confessing to being a Christian by Diocletian. Miraculously he kept talking after being decapitated and may have converted a few pagans. The other amazing thing about this painting is that it is by Rubens and there is not one fluffy naked lady to be found – not even behind a pillar.


This is a famous painting about some lady surveying a terrible battlefield. It’s an allegory for something but no one remembers because they get distracted by her recklessly open blouse. This is not a wise choice of attire for battlefield surveying. In fact, the only place it is appropriate to wear this outfit is if you are a model on the cat walk.


One of these is by Renoir. Another way to look at it is – 3 of these are worth $5,000 and one of them is worth $50,000. Go ahead and take a guess – answer at the end.


This is just a sad photo. It is Tentorino painting his dead daughter. True story. Tentorino was a Venetian painter and we saw many of his fine works in Venice. We have not seen the picture he painted which inspired this one.


The rest of the day was shopping and viewing as many medieval sites as possible. The girls found a make up store and loaded up on the lipstick samples. Then they kissed Brody and got him all wound up for about 45 minutes.

Renoir – The flowers on the bottom in the middle


3 responses to “55E. Fine Arts Lesson

  1. I believe that most beautiful piece of art was the one with the two blonde young ladies!!

  2. Got it, if you see anything that would help fill our living room wall let me know! 🙂
    I agree with Farmor about the blonde cuties!

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