So today we went to the Museum of Fine Arts again. I had an auto-call late last week or early this week reminding me to renew our membership, which expires at the end of this month. The voice recording also informed me about the new exhibit of Audubon’s Birds that is up right now and I knew we had to made a date to go see that.
Birds. Art. Win!
The curators paired Audubon’s beautiful birds with his words, which was really wonderful. Who knew Audubon was such a lyrical writer, even though English was not his native language. i had so much fun reading his descriptions of watching the birds. My favorite was the description of stalking the spoonbill, creeping on hands and knees through the mud and sawgrass to watch them. He described how beautiful they were and then ended by shooting two of them. A different sensibility.
Of course we didn’t just look at the birds. We also took a walk through the musical instruments room.
(We are definitely going to buy the MFA’s Musical Instruments ebook, which you can preview here. It has video and audio clips of the instruments being played.)
We saw some American naval art. Model ships!
And Egyptian art, naturally. Bella had to go visit her old favorites.
We peeked at some Chinese lacquer ware and Japanese screens.
We saw an exhibit of photographs from a featured collection. A beautiful exhibit, everything but one was black and white.
We took a walk (run) in the courtyard during our lunch break.
We ended with Greek art.
And then our weary band headed home.
To quell the squabbling that always seems to break out in the back seat in the last twenty minutes before home, I read Chesterton’s Lepanto. I’d never read it all the way through before. What a great poem to declaim out loud. Even if I did have to compete with the squalling Lucy, who was most hungry and unhappy about her diaper.
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