Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Saint Roch Church and the Saint Louis Art Museum are seen from the rooftop lounge of the new Moonrise Hotel on Delmar.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Additional photos taken that night are here: A Night at the Museum - Profane Arts
This Beaux Arts style building was designed by Cass Gilbert on the model of the Baths of Caracalla in Rome. Gilbert, better known for the Woolworth building in New York City, also designed the Saint Louis Public Library main branch in downtown Saint Louis, and the United States Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.
"Virgin and Child", German or South Netherlandish, ca. 1460
"Crucifixion", Italian, mid-14th century
"Madonna and Child Enthroned with Sts. Peter, John the Baptist, Dominic, and Nicholas of Bari", by Piero di Cosimo, ca. 1481-1485
"Virgin and Child", French, ca. 1320
"Saint Francis Contemplating a Skull", by Francisco de Zurbarán, Spanish, ca. 1635
"Interior of St. Peter's, Rome", by Giovanni Paolo Panini, Italian, 1731
"Doors from the Convent of Saint Isabel", Hispano-Moresque, 16th-17th century
"Tobias with the Angel", by Hendrick Goudt, 1613
The English word ‘profane’ comes from the Latin word profanus ‘in front of the temple’, and so means secular and not sacred.
"Portrait of a Woman", by Edmonia Lewis, 1873
"Magnolia", by Martin Johnson Heade, ca. 1885-1895
Art conservator at work.
"Sadak in Search of the Waters of Oblivion", by John Martin, 1812
This has long been one of my favorites, and is a mixture of Romanticism and Orientalism. In the story from which this painting derives, Sadak successfully achieves the Waters of Oblivion, rescues his wife, and is crowned Sultan.
I neglected to record the information on this bronze statue. I think it is of Venus.
Bronze wine vessel, Chinese, Western Zhou dynasty, late 11th century B.C.
Paper screen, "Flowers and Plants of the Four Seasons", Japanese, Edo Period, 18th century
"Box with Design of Auspicious Motifs", Korean, Joseon dynasty, late 18th-early 19th century
Auspicious is a word that nowadays is almost solely used when translating words from East Asian languages, typically with the meaning of ‘favorable’. But auspicious derives from the Latin word auspex ‘observer of birds’, denoting a type of animal divination.
Terracotta, "Footed Jar with Dancing Maenads", Greek, attributed to the Chicago Painter, ca. 450 B.C.
Oil painting, "No. 4", Piet Mondrian, Dutch, 1938-1942
Sugar pine sculpture, "Trid", by Jackie Ferrara, American, 1978
Oil painting, "Sea Captains Carousing in Surinam", by John Greenwood, American, ca. 1752-1758
Another boyhood favorite, a classic on par with Dogs Playing Poker.
Lamp of glass, brass, and marble, "Overlay Lamp", by Boston and Sandwich Glass Company, American, 1865
Chair, by Benjamin Henry Latrobe and George Bridport, American, 1808
Gilded bronze candelabra, French, ca. 1804-1815
Tambour Desk, attributed to Thomas Seymour, American, ca. 1810
Oil painting, "Portrait of a Boston Clergyman", by James Peale, American, 1811
Earthenware bread plate with inscription "Waste not want not.", by A.W.N. Pugin, made by Minton Factory, English, ca. 1850
Wood cabinet, by Charles Bevan, made by Marsh and Jones, Leeds, England, ca. 1865
Fall-front desk, made by Charles-Joseph Lemarchand, French, ca. 1800-1805
Console table, English, ca. 1740
This last object is in one of several period rooms, which show furniture in context of a fashionable room of an era.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Source: http://www.traditionfortomorrow.com/blog/take-me-out-to-the-ball-game-fundraiser-take-two/What can you do to:
1) Support the Cardinals at Busch Stadium (a great American Tradition),
2) Support the St. Francis de Sales Oratory (a great Catholic Tradition), and,
3) Have fun?
Friends of St. Francis de Sales Oratory cordially invite you to join us to watch the St. Louis Cardinals take on LA Dodgers on Monday, July 27, at 6:10 pm.
For a minimum donation of $100, this special vantage point from the luxury suite comes with convenience and comfort: restroom facilities, and big screen TV for replays. Thanks to a generous donor, the Oratory has 20 tickets for Monday night’s game against the Dodgers, currently the National League West Division leader. Another generous Donor has provided a superb weather forecast (Monday only), making either indoor or outdoor seating a great way to spend a summer evening with Friends of St. Francis de Sales Oratory.
Please reserve your spot by calling the Oratory as soon as possible (314) 771-3100.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
UPDATE: thanks to everyone that I met!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
“The Puritans took art out of churches making many of them look like an assembly hall,” Faherty said. “These Catholic churches lead us to see all beauty.”...From a book review of Catholic St. Louis: A Pictorial History.
Faherty and Abeln both wrote up lists of churches to feature, and then worked together to come up with the final list...
In the end, Abeln submitted about 659 photographs, which included 46 churches, chapels and shrines. About 286 of the photos were used featuring 40 churches that made it into the final book.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Video of Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon: “That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”
The goal of landing man on the moon was proposed by President John F. Kennedy, May 25, 1961, before a joint session of Congress:
First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish. We propose to accelerate the development of the appropriate lunar space craft. We propose to develop alternate liquid and solid fuel boosters, much larger than any now being developed, until certain which is superior. We propose additional funds for other engine development and for unmanned explorations—explorations which are particularly important for one purpose which this nation will never overlook: the survival of the man who first makes this daring flight. But in a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the moon—if we make this judgment affirmatively, it will be an entire nation. For all of us must work to put him there.I find it so amusing that some youths today — who cannot remember that time — have doubts that this moon landing ever took place. Perhaps this is due to a wrong notion of progress (people couldn't have been so smart back then), or because of the great strides made in technology today, especially computer and network technology. Most likely of all is the fact that these moon landings have not been duplicated within their lifetimes. Rather, doubtful youth ought to study some of the history of the era, in particular Wernher von Braun, a German scientist captured after World War II, who developed the general architecture of the moon rocket. Apollo technical information can be found here and here.
The Saturn V booster launches the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.
Third, an additional 50 million dollars will make the most of our present leadership, by accelerating the use of space satellites for world-wide communications.Although Kennedy is often recalled nowadays for his scandalous private life, I think that his Catholic upbringing may have given him a few good ideas about the virtues anyway. The magnificence of his lunar program should be compared to his own military experience and his insistence that he appear before the people largely unprotected. As the Medieval kings who would ride into battle at the head of their army, Kennedy would ride exposed to the hostile world in an open-top automobile. And like the ancient kings, he was attacked, and he died. According to the old ways of thinking, a ruler who was not willing to take the same risks as his subjects is hardly suited to rule.
Fourth, an additional 75 million dollars—of which 53 million dollars is for the Weather Bureau—will help give us at the earliest possible time a satellite system for world-wide weather observation.