This morning I went to the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas with Vera Eckardt, Inge Rider, Lucille McBriarty and Nancy Lowe, who is visiting here from Washington, DC.
The Bach cantata, "In allen meinen Taten" (In all my Deeds), was composed in Leipzig in 1734. It is an example of Bach's use of an unaltered hymn.
The featured art today was the painting, "Saint Jerome" by Giovanni Ambrogio Bevilacqua, c. 1495, tempera with gold leaf on wood panel. This painting, along with three other paintings of Saints Augustine, Ambrose and Gregory, comprised the Doctors of the Church, the most important early Christian theologians. These panels originally formed the upper corners of a two-staged, multi-paneled altarpiece. The Blanton Museum has only "Saint Jerome" and "Saint Augustine" in their collection.
The painting of greatest interest to me was the miniature, portable altarpiece for private devotion by Simone de Filippo da Bologna, a.k.a. Simone dei Crocifissi (1360s). The center panel is called ''Madonna and Child with Christ as the Man of Sorrows'. On the left is 'Saint Peter and the Archangel Gabriel' and to the right is 'Saint Paul and the Virgin Annunciate'. They are tempera on gold ground and are in excellent condition.
'Saint John the Baptist' by Jacopo da Ponte, c. 1542, oil on canvas, is a fragment of a larger work. The Blanton Museum acquired it as part of the Suida-Manning Collection. It was in very poor condition but a conservator reconstructed several damaged passages and filled many tiny losses. The reconstruction was completed in 2009.
Our picture was taken in the Rapoport Atrium in front of "Stacked Waters", 2009, by Teresita Fernández, The two-story installation consists of 3,100 square feet of custom–cast acrylic that covers the atrium walls in a striped blue pattern resembling water. Horizontal bands of saturated color shift and fade from deep blue to white in varying gradations.
After the concert and art tour we had lunch in the Blanton Cafe. We enjoyed this outing very much.