Photo Essays

Artwork from around the World-photo essay

Yes, I’m one of “those” tourists who takes pictures of artwork when at museums. I’m not going to go into the pros and cons of doing so since I’ve already addressed this debate topic in another post which you can access here but to sum it up, photos of famous paintings, famous sculptures or even the more unknown pieces-well they’re just about one of my favorite souvenirs to take home with me. And the even better part? It doesn’t cost anything (unlike the overpriced art museum postcards for purchase).

Venus de Milo-Louvre (Paris, France)

Vincent Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles (third version)-

Musee d’Orsay (Paris, France)

Diego Rivera murals-National Palace (Mexico City, Mexico)

Francisco de Goya’s Charles IV of Spain and his Family
Prado (Madrid, Spain)

Vatican Museums-Vatican City

George Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the
Island of La Grande Jatte

Art Institute of Chicago

Guiness Storehouse-Dublin, Ireland

National Palace-Sintra, Portugal

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  • Reply
    JoAnn M.
    March 29, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    What a nice surprise! An interesting assortment of “artwork”. I love the “Venus de Milo” & Van Gogh’s “Bedroom in Arles”, one of my favorites of his. It says a lot about his gentle character.

    I agree, museum photos are great souvenirs! The photos remind you of how you felt standing in the museum looking at them. Something a postcard can’t do.

    How did you choose these particular pieces? I would love to see more of your museum photos in future posts!

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    the red headed traveler
    March 29, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I thought you would appreciate it 🙂

    Although Renoir, Cassat and Renoir are my absolute favs, you can never go wrong with Van Gogh either!

    And yes, a postcard of an art work is definitely impersonal.

    Well, even though it was hard to not have a whole “photo expose” on Paris museum pieces, I scoured the archives and just wanted a nice variety, both famous pieces as well as just art (i.e. the Guiness painting that was popular character art from the 1950s if I remember correctly).

    I have a slew of them so I’ll defintiely try to rustle together another photo essay in the future sometime!

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    March 30, 2013 at 1:46 am

    I’m glad I’m in good company. I’m one of “those people” too!

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    the red headed traveler
    March 30, 2013 at 2:34 am

    Definitely! For all the naysayers out there, too bad! I get such pleasure out of looking at these photographs since I know I was the one to take them, I was lucky enough to see them in person 🙂

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    Sarah P | Travelling Is My Passion
    April 1, 2013 at 6:49 am

    What a great collection! I wish I was able to appreciate the intricacies of artwork so much much – but sadly, the only paintings I really felt a connection with was probably Van Gogh when I saw some of his paintings in Amsterdam!

    Really admire people like you who have an appreciation for art in general!

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    the red headed traveler
    April 1, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Thanks Sarah P! Well, a connection with Van Gogh is pretty terrific! I want to visit Amsterdam for the Van Gogh Museum alone.

    I ADORE Impressionism but I must admit that modern art or installation art in some cases, I just don’t “see.” What’s art to some is not art to others!

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