Sunday, November 13, 2011

Miscellany IV - I'm Sorry

Here are photographs I took during my visit to the Wadsworth Atheneum for the Patti Smith exhibition.

This acrobat flies above the Avery Court, just below the skylight.  The sign crediting the sculptor is on the third floor and I didn't want to climb three flights to get it.  Sorry.


This friendly woman was a study in black and white.  When I asked if I could take her picture, she graciously permitted it, all the while complaining about how pictures of her never come out well.  (Sorry, I didn't write her name down and now I can't remember it.)

This bust was donated by J. Pierpont Morgan.  The security guard walked through that door four times for me, so I could catch him mid-stride.  I didn't get the name of the sculptor or the guard either.  Sorry.

I rested my camera on the bench and waited for someone to walk into the exhibition hall.  I didn't get his name either, nor did I write down the name of the big painting or the artist.  Sorry.



25 comments:

Mo said...

A great exhibition

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

I can't remember what I was going to say. Sorry!

Cezar and Léia said...

Great angle in that first shot, and beautiful sculpture.
A very creative exhibition of art!
Thanks for sharing,
Léia

brattcat said...

it's fun going to the museum with you. and i'm not sorry i came at all.

cieldequimper said...

Lol, now you've got me humming Brenda Lee... ;-) All of these are fantastic. How nice was that man to walk by so often?

zakton said...

Very nice of the security guard. I thought he was going to tell you not to use your camera inside the museum.

Birdman said...

No need for all the sorries here. The shots worth it without a one.

Randy said...

These are great. I love the first one!

VP said...

Very good pictures. Do not know about the bust, but the painting is 'The picture gallery of Cardinal Gonzaga' by Giovanni Paolo Panini.

Sharon said...

John's comment made me laugh out loud. Love the trip to the museum and I don't need to know any of their names. I wouldn't remember them anyway. I'm so bad with names.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

No need to apologize. You obviously have a way of charming people to get them to consent to be included in your photos. To get a security guard to cooperate in being a subject for your photo is novel. The museum must have a good customer focus for its staff.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, it's always fun to take a tour with you, Jack, even if don't remember anything! Now, I had something else brilliant to write, but I can't remember either. Sorry.

Sylvia

SRQ said...

Nice shots. I'm impressed you hold on to pics for so long. I have a habit of deleting pics after a few weeks if I don't post them.

RedPat said...

You must have a friendly manner about you ( as I am sure you have! ) to get all these people to cooperate with you. Great pics Jack!

JM said...

I'm still smiling at your 'sorry post'! :-) Very funny, Jack, and great photos too.

Lowell said...

You're kind of a sorry mess, aren't you! Sheesh! Not one name. Hard to believe. And you call yourself Jack.

But actually you needn't be sorry for you've posted several interesting photographs and we'd forget the names immediately anyway!

So you don't like Sam's, heh? Would you like it if it was called "Jack's"? :-))

Dianne said...

You made me smile - we don't need names Jack - just pics are fine - love that bottom shot what a wonderful exhibition hall!

Halcyon said...

I don't think you have anything to be sorry for. These are wonderful shots. And who can be expected to remember everything?

Dawn said...

Ha! You're hilarious Jack. What I wouldn't give to be with you on one of your photo shoots for a day. You are too fun!:)
(What you need is a secretary to do the dirty work of collecting names and running up stairs;))

Farmchick said...

Great pictures, so nothing to be sorry about!

Lynette said...

No need to be sorry, Jack. Not at all. Your photos are fantastic--I adore the pains you took to get them just as you wanted them. Congrats!

You've inspired me to get goin' on Google. I used to be a librarian--research feeds my soul.

Now for what I've found. The acrobat is "Trapeze," by Trapeze, 1971. Plaster, wood, metal, rope; 36 x 72 in. Purchased through the gift of Henry and Walter Keney with additional funds contributed by Joseph L. Shulman and an Anonymous donor, 1972.12.

With no tidbits of info on the identity of the nice lady, I decided not to Google her--ha, ah. I'm so funny!

The sculpture is "Portrait of Antoine Watteau," by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (French, 1827-1875).

The "big painting," which I figured was European, is "Giovanni Paolo Panini, Interior of a Picture Gallery with the Collection of Cardinal Silvio Valenti Gonzaga, 1749, oil on canvas, 78 x 105 1/2 in., The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund." If the Cardinal really owned all of these portraits, he was some kind of a collector.

Thanks for the challenge, Jack!

Bob Crowe said...

Oh, gee, from the thumbnail I thought it was snowing in Connecticut again.Love the third picture. Such good irony.

Cildemer said...

He he he! No need to know the names, Jack!
The most important is the quality of the pics, and they are great!
Hope the acrobat is hanged properly!

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Have a nice and happy week * Hugs***

Luis Gomez said...

Great images Jack!

Nathalie said...

SPECTACULAR TOP PHOTO, great report!