After exploring the National Gallery of Ireland, I made my usual trek back to the gallery gift shop to see what kind of damage I could do. I was immediately taken back by the striking and romantic image which adorned the National Gallery coffee table book (one of my traditional art museum purchases). The Meeting on the Turret Stairs showed up throughout the gift shop on books, prints, and post cards. I could not restrain myself; I grabbed each and every item with the painting including a refrigerator magnet for my collection. The problem was, I had not seen the original in the museum! I asked Dr. Santoli and she agreed, we missed it or it was not displayed. We asked at the checkout and found the reply made the painting even more enticing. It is only revealed for an hour, three times a week due to the fragile state of the the watercolor painting. We were both also quite surprised that it is a watercolor. The rich vibrant colors in the images we saw in the gift shop looked like they were created with oil paints. We will head back to the museum for the one hour viewing on Wednesday and I will certainly update this post with our impressions of the original.
Meanwhile, as art and social studies educators, Dr. Santoli and I thought, what a great visual image this is for "artful thinking". Artful Thinking at the Harvard Project Zero site includes fabulous resources based on research for visual literacy including the Beginning, Middle, or End Routine.
|Beginning, Middle, or End|
|A routine for observing and imagining|