Russia Trip in 2013

PART H--insights into my ancestry from paintings by Dutch masters

I was delighted to see the Pushkin Museum (website may change as new exhibits come through) offering a look at original works by Titian and originals of the Pre-Raphaelite phase in painting.

The rain did NOT force me into this museum!

I really wanted to, and got to, see originals of some of my very favorite works of art, like these two by Dante Gabriel Rosetti (taken from the Pushkin website linked above):


Except for the two visiting collections, the rest of the museum allows photography.  So did I take photos of the huge Greek nudes, anatomically either correct or exaggerated?  Nope, sorry.

Instead I became fascinated with the section on Dutch Masters and what they had to show me in terms of the lives of some of my not so distant ancestors in the Netherlands.

The very first painting that caught my eye was a scene from the province of Gelderland, where I was born.  The artist is Philips Koninck, 17th century:

Next comes Isaak van Ostade's (17th cent.) "Road by an Inn," it stirred no memories, I just liked the scene depicted:

I have seen farmers' stacks of hay, without benefit of bailing wire there were no bales.  Jan van Goyen's (17th cent.) "Hay Making:"

David Teniers the Younger (17th cent.) painted this "Kermis" scene, kermis being a festival.  I recall a  few kermis instances in my youth where we would go and eat some delicacy and do an entertainment ride for kids:

I am sure somewhere in my ancestry there was a raucous family event just like this "Peasant Wedding" by Jan Steen (17th cent.).  Jan Steen depicted Dutch family life in such a way that in my time an accusation of having a Jan Steen household was a negative thing, meaning your family was undisciplined, out of control:

Jan Steen wasn't the only one fascinated by the goings-on at a peasant wedding:  This is Isaak van Ostade's version (17th cent.) of a Peasant Wedding:

Another pleasantry, ice skating!  This painting reminds me of my childhood, skating on the nearest ponds with many others doing the same and kids pretending they were training for the 11-city skating tour that is held almost every Winter.  Art van der Neer did this painting in the 17th century as well:

Salomon van Ruisdaal depicts "Crossing the River" in this fashion (17th cent.).  Sometimes we forget how easy technology makes life for us now.  Like bridges..

Last but definitely not least, Jan van Goyen's "Waal River by Neijmegen" (17th cent.).  My father was born in a house next to this river at a location that is probably to the right of this scene.

And with that unexpected peek into life as my Dutch ancestors may have known it, we will now end our Russian journey together.  Until next time.  

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GO BACK TO PART C--In detention for visa violation, the transient lounge at Samara airport.

GO BACK TO PART D--The Bolshoi Ballet

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