Today Ruth Roberts, Vera Eckard, Virginia Staats, Dianne Bennett, Lucille McBriarty and I attended the first Bach Concert of this season at the Blanton Museum of Art. We always enjoy them.
Today the works were Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto No. 5" and his "Non sa che sia dolore" (in Italian). The featured soprano, Darlene Wiley, Butler School Professor of Voice, and Marianne Gedigian, Butler School Professor of Flute, performed flawlessly. Prof. Gedigian looked too young to be a professor! Instrumentalists included violins I and II, viola, cello, double bass and harpsichord. The harpsichord was painted burnt orange!
After the concert we had a wonderful docent-led viewing of the featured work of art, "The Storyteller", oil on canvas by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, mid-1770s. In this work, the storyteller entertains a group representing a microcosm of society.
Before arriving at this painting, she showed us some works which had influenced Tiepolo: (1) 'The Annunciation' c. 1585, oil on canvas, by Paolo Caliari, called Paolo Veronese, 1528-1588. His palette encompassed a large range of color, which was enhanced by his use of natural light. (2) 'Allegory of Youth' c. 1680, oil on canvas by Domenico Piola, 1627-1703. The explicit vanity of the woman and the futile gesture of the little boy suggest the fleeting nature of physical beauty.
This docent is our favorite because she is so knowledgeable and has such a good delivery style.
After the docent-led tour, I looked for the works of art featured on my church's bulletins for December and January. I found the one for December, "Adoration of the Shepherds" an oil on canvas by Domenico Piola, c. 1650-1655. He was greatly influenced by Giovanni Benedette Castiglione.
The one for January, "Plus Reversed" an oil on canvas by Richard Anuszkiewicz, 1960, had already been removed from the rotating exhibit gallery. I was disappointed that I had missed it; however, the manager of visitor services told me that I could send her an e-mail asking when it would be brought back to the exhibit and that she would forward it to the appropriate person. That was certainly helpful. Maybe I can see it in a few months.
After our museum visit, we had lunch in the Blanton Café. They have very good food.