Whenever a year approaches its end, I look back at what that year added to me in terms of aesthetic exposure, and I check that year’s balance in terms of artistic masterpieces experienced for the first time.
In that sense, 2013 has been a year of one aesthetic orgasm after another: Following literally years of planning and yearning, I finally visited the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Musée de l’Organgerie, Centre Pompidou, Musée Rodin, the Uffizi Gallery, Galleria dell’Accademia, the Bargello, the Palatine Gallery, Siena’s Civic Museum, Joan Miró Foundation, the MNAC…to the end of the long list! I’m not mentioning the cathedrals, churches, palaces and other attractions here, only the museums.
It would be meaningless to compare or even try to remember everything, but here are some of the things that I don’t think I would ever forget. These are the ‘unforgettables’ of 2013:
– Cour Khorsabad (The Louvre)
– Winged Victory & Venus of Milo (The Louvre)
– The New Department of Islamic Art (The Louvre)
– The Renaissance Masters Collection (The Louvre)
– Jacque-Louis David’s Collection (The Louvre)
– Impressionism Collection (Orsay)
– Monet’s huge water-lilies (l’Orangerie)
– The Gates of Hell (Musée Rodin)
– The Maestà of Duccio, Cimabue & Giotto (Uffizi)
– Botticelli’s Room (Uffizi)
– Michelangelo’s David (Academia)
– Donatello’s David (Bargello)
– The Catalan Romanesque Collection (MNAC)
– Works by Ramon Casas & Fortuny (MNAC)
I am attaching photos that I took for all these museums, an artistic ‘farewell’ 2013.