Some images from my most recent visit, all taken in ambient light, so pardon the fuzziness. Flashes are not allowed. Some images are linked to others if you click them.
L) My kind of interior – dizzying, isn’t it? R) Lombard tryptich – click for more info.
Back view of a Chinese stele with multiple images of the Buddha.
Samurai daggers and sword, objects of incredible beauty and precision. Click to enlarge.
From an altarpiece by Lorenzo Monaco, one of my favorite artists. Note Abraham with the flaming sword, and Isaac, in the upper right. Click for more info.
Those northern mannerists! They’re weird, but I love them. Oil on copper plate, for a piece of furniture. Click for more info.
A favorite of mine, Antoine Lavoisier and his wife, Prima della rivoluzione by that propagandist for 1789, Jacques Louis David. Carlyle had fun with him and his revolutionary fervor. Antoine was not so lucky. He, a liberal, was guillotined by the radicals – dare I call them terroristes? – just leave it at Jacobins. His wife survived. Madison Smartt Bell has written a nice capsule biography of him, his monumental contribution to the creation of modern chemistry, and his destruction in those chaotic times, Lavoisier in the Year One.
The imminence of the divine, by an artist in Verrochio’s worshop [full image], a teacher of Leonardo. From here to 2001 is not such a stretch – click to see why. And to the right, the floor, mundane, just for balance…