Monday, 12 January 2009

Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

The senior missionaries' excursion on Saturday, January 10, was to see the Turner Exhibition at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.

Visiting the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
Chris, Narene, Clark, Renee, and Linda Nearon;
also with us but not in the photo:
Greg, Sam, David Yorgesen,
Steve & Linda Rees

They prohibited taking pictures of the Turner paintings, but my favorite was a Venice scene. William Turner lived 1775-1851 and is considered perhaps the most famous English Romantic landscape artist as well as England's most famous marine artist according to a source I read online. He studied the science of light and color and is known as the "painter of light."

After looking at the Turner paintings on the second floor, we visited the other rooms of the museum, which we enjoyed even more. There is a large collection of tinted plaster casts of famous sculptures that is impressive.

One of several rooms full of plaster cast sculptures.

At the left is the replica of
Michelangelo's "David."

Plaster Cast of Michelangelo's "Moses."

Plaster Cast of Michelangelo's "Pieta."

Maybe St. George Slaying the Dragon

Another room full of plaster cast art.

The first section we toured had works of art of ancient Egypt and artifacts. We could not take photos of the artifacts, but we could in the other rooms.

Look at the size of that vase.

Narene in the Egyptian room.

One of the walls in the Egyptian room.

I don't recall the artist's name,
but this painting was particularly colorful and
the flowers are gorgeous.

Rembrandt's portrait of his brother
was one of our favorites.

Christ the Redeemer Cathedral
Photo taken as we walked back to the metro.

Peter the Great statue to the left in the distance,
and Christ the Redeemer Cathedral on the right.

"Sleeping Beauties" riding home on the metro.
It had been a long day!

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