I was watching a documentary on Norman Rockwell last week and saw one of his illustrations for the first time – it was called “The Connoisseur”. It was featured in early 1962 as one of his 322 covers of the Saturday Evening Post. I hadn’t seen this artwork before, but it immediately reminded me of a photograph I took in a small museum in Georgia earlier this year. Not exactly the same, but brought a quick smile…
Roman Goddess of the Hunt, Diana
The Museum of Art in Philadelphia is one of the largest in the U.S. It’s been a few years since my last stop inside so I made an effort to visit last week while in the area. The exhibits are divided among two large floors, with the contemporary and special exhibits on the first floor, and Asian, European, and miscellaneous collections on the second. Separating the floors is a grand staircase with a large statue of Diana on the balcony.
Man with a Violin, Pablo Picasso (1911-12, oil on canvas)
Photographing in large museums is usually pretty easy as the lighting is well designed and the galleries provide a lot of space to move around. I shoot in raw, so any fluctuations in light temperatures are easily corrected back at the computer. I do usually have to increase the ISO settings to 800-1600 to get an adequate shutter speed to avoid blur.
Paul by Chuck Close, 1994 Oil on canvas