It's Sunday NMS session again! This time Stamford Road's most spellbinding playground welcomes over 90 exquisite Renaissance, Baroque, Biedermeier, and Neoclassical masterpieces from the Princely House of Liechtenstein. As expected, still couldn't top last year's Dream and Reality, but this kinda thing is always a delight, Princely Treasures was a semi-satisfying treat for those craving for some dabs of European art.
|What a vista.|
A slice of European grandiosity on the sunny island of Singapore.
I had never heard most of the names, but I was pretty psyched for this one: finally got a chance to see Raphael's painting! The artist is a special one, since I'm gonna name my first son Raphael. And for years, I had always wondered why he's known more as Raphael instead of Rafaello. I don't like it when an Italian doesn't sound like an Italian.
Christopher Columbus was supposed to be a Cristoforo Colombo.
|I still haven't figured why.|
And guess what it's a Rembrant! I took me two trips to spot this one, I thought there was some miscomm before, like 'I went there already and there's no Rembrant'. Oh well.
|Rembrant van Rijn's Cupid with the Soap Bubble. Eventho 'Soap Bubble' doesn't sound so Baroque to me.|
I was pretty fascinated by this painting below by Adam de Coster, this artist seems to specialized in chiaroscuro - the illumination play that makes a painting looks, well, magical. And look at how the fabrics were painted, since my favourite textile depicter is Ingres, no wonder this painting captivated me so much.
The exhibition features not only paintings, but also sculptures, furnitures, and giant tapestries ---> the lesser known form of art can be described as woven paintings - it must take ages to create each.
|A tapestry woven by Judocus de Vos, a famous weaver in the 16th century.|
Stumbled into an awesome capriccio: fantastical landscape/architectural painting. Giovanni Paolo Panini demonstrated how to do it the Roman way.
the most entrancing masterpiece among them all:
Maria is being informed about her lover's betrayal by Rachel,
who is trying to console her as she removes her mask.
WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE?
Francesco Hayez's Il Consiglio alla Vendetta (Vengeance is Sworn) is the absolute star of the show. Note the Venetian backdrop, the sheer black veil, the floral-patterned fabric, the wounded and infuriated soul, the will to revenge, the drama. Check out his other painting called Il Bacio (The Kiss). Ah, the charm of the romantic era.
Oh by the way, Hayez is an Italian. Tsk.