This is a day of mixed emotions for me. Sadly, neighbor and good friend, Nancy Riley, left Austin this afternoon. I already miss her. We had a lot of good times bumming around.
The bright spot of the day was the final Bach cantata of the academic year at the Blanton Museum of Art. Before the main work they presented “Alma redemptoris mater” by Johannes Ockeghem and “Déploration sur la mort de Johannes Ockeghem” by Joaquin Des Prez. The Bach cantata was “Freue dich, erlöste Schar BWV 30” (Rejoice, O redeemed host).
The featured piece of art was “Madonna and Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist” by Luca Cambiaso, c. 1550, oil on wood panel. As a special treat, the docent arranged for us to go to the print room to see some of his and other artists’ famous drawings. We learned some interesting things about how paper was made during that period, as well as the types of inks that were used. Cambiaso is actually more famous for his drawings than for his paintings. A funny thing the docent told us is that his wife got tired of so much paper around the house and used many of his drawings as firewood. That was very expensive fuel!
Because the program today was longer than usual and the Blanton Café stops serving at 2:00, we had to find another place to eat. We selected the Genghis Grill. That’s the first time I had eaten there.
Our group was very small today. Only Inge Rider, Dianne Bennett and I attended. Inge gave me a belated birthday present of a phalaenopsis orchid in a little lavender pot.