Thursday, March 19, 2015

Learning from a Master

Fellow travelers from the Art League at the Hispanic Society of America in NYC in front of one of Sorolla's mural. Doesn't it look like we fit right into the scene? What's another 29 portraits? Photo courtesy of Susan O'Neill
I've mentioned before that Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (Spanish, 1863-1923) is my favorite painter and how his murals of the Provinces of Spain at the Hispanic Society of America in NYC simply amazed me.  (Read more about that trip on this previous post.) I'd taken photos on the trip just a few weeks ago with Rob Liberace and a group from the Art League but since the murals soared overhead, my images were distorted.  Today, I wanted to paint a portion of his mural of Valencia and went looking online for a source of high res images.

And found it.

The Media Center for Art History at Columbia University has a resource: A Collection in Context: The Hispanic Society of America where you can tour the museum online, enter each room and in the case of the murals, click on each one for info and to access a high res image. Voila!!! I can visit whenever from the comfort of my studio.

Get started here:

Then I clicked on the heading "A Collection in Context: The Hispanic Society of America" to come to this page:
There you see a photo of the ground level of the museum.
Then you see the floor plans for the first floor and second floor on the right side.
Click on the first floor, the room will show the sweeping blue arc. You can move that around in a circle to see all the murals. 

That's it.  Enjoy! I'll get around to showing my copy of his Valencia painting sometime soon.

Take a look at the Classes page too for Spring registration going on now.

Time to post.

Thanks for reading!


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