FROM The man in the front seat / June 6, 2015

Giverny & Monet’s Gardens (Paris)

General Located on the right bank of the river Seine about 80km (50mi) west of the city of Paris lies the village of Giverny. This picturesque village was chosen by Claude Monet to be the location of his home and wonderful gardens which he would eventually immortalise on his canvases. Monet’s Arrival In 1883, Monet was passing through Giverny on a train and was very impressed with what he saw. He decided to return where he rented a small cottage, and its gardens, before raising enough money to buy the […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / May 20, 2014

David by Michelangelo (Florence)

In the world of sculpture there are certain pieces that stand head and shoulders aboves most others, Michelangelo’s David is certainly one of those. Sculptured between 1501 – 1504 David stands 5.17m (17ft) and represents the biblical hero David, remembered for is fight with Goliath. Today the figure stands alone, in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence but was originally one of a series of figures designed to decorate the roofline of the Cathedral in Florence. Authorities decided however to place it in front of the Palazzo della Signoria where it […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / July 18, 2013

Café Terrace at Night – Vincent van Gogh

In mid September 1888 Vincent Van Gogh painted one of his most iconic scenes – Café Terrace at Night. Also known as – Café Terrace on the Place du Forum the painting now forms part of the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands. Today, visitors to Place de Forum in the Provençal town of Arles can still stand in the exact location where Vincent set up his easel all those years ago. Vincent, along with others of the impressionist and post-impressionist genre, was infatuated with colour and the effect that […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / July 14, 2013

Las Meninas – Diego Velásquez

All museums have a showpiece a work that stands out from the rest, for the Prado Museum in Madrid that is Diego Velásquez’s – Las Meninas (the Maids of Honour). During the 1640’s Velásquez was promoted to Royal painter and curator of the then King’s, Phillip IV, expanding art collection. In 1656, after working for the royal house for 33 years, he painted, what is considered one of the most analysed paintings in Western art, Las Meninas. The young princess, Margaret Theresa, is surrounded by her maids of honour, a […]

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