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March 3, 2017

At the National Gallery in London, you’ll find both Hans Holbein the Younger’s double portrait, “The Ambassadors” as well as “Portrait of Pope Julius II” by Raphael. These are – on the surface – very different paintings by very different artists. Sure they both rely on...

January 24, 2017

The Prado Museum in Madrid houses the former Spanish Royal Collection, and therefore has the best collection of classical Spanish art anywhere. Over 50 canvases by the baroque Old Master artist Diego Velazquez make this the largest holdings of his paintings in the worl...

January 20, 2017

The V&A - or Victoria & Albert - is centrally located in London's equivalent of NYC's "museum mile." Right across the street is the Natural History Museum, and next door is the Science Museum. I think this is by far the best of them but of course as an artist I'm biase...

January 20, 2017

The Leopold Museum is a relatively recent addition to the museum scene in Vienna, formally opening it's doors in 2001. It's basically a shrine to Viennese modern/20th century art and artists... housing the largest collection of paintings and drawings by Egon Schiele in...

January 20, 2017

I guess it goes without saying that The Vatican is going to house the greatest and most impressive collection of ancient Roman and high renaissance art in the world. After all, these are the guys who commissioned all the work. But I'll say it anyway: The Vatican houses...

January 20, 2017

An unbelievable collection!!! The main draws are the Bernini's and the Caravaggio's. But there's TONS more to see (and the Bernini and Caravaggio works ARE among the greatest masterworks by either artist; so when viewed together, the effect is dramatic).

All the early C...

January 20, 2017

The National Gallery in London is one of the best pound-for-pound museums in the world. Small, in terms of collection breadth (they don't have millions upon millions of items largely tucked away in storage) but unbelievable and unbeatable in terms of content. More "A w...

January 20, 2017

The Accademia in Florence is home to Michelangelo's David, which is *easily* the most famous sculpture in the world (and has been since it was completed 500 years ago). 

It's also home to a half dozen of Michelangelo's "non-finito" or 'unfinished' sculptures - mainly fi...

April 15, 2015

 

You’ve got to love a free museum and this is, if nothing else, a free museum (like most of the museums in the UK worth their salt)! Not paying anything on our way in was a nice reminder that although we were in Scotland, we were still in the UK. Still connected with L...

April 14, 2015

 

The Belvedere Museum is synonymous with Gustav Klimt, and for good reason. The Austrian artist’s masterpiece “The Kiss” lives here in one of the most romantic and idealized settings imaginable. If ever a painting, it’s subject matter, and it’s surroundings were perfec...

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