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Art in Dresden, Germany

Baroque architecture, frescos, sculptures, old master paintings, and breathtaking scenery make Dresden a fascinating city to visit.  Everywhere you look, or turn, there is art.  In some ways it is almost overwhelming and difficult to take it all in.   I don’t know what it is, but there is something to the Renaissance (and Baroque) periods of art that “draw” me in…hmmm, I’ll have to think about that.

I have many favorites when it comes to Dresden, too many to blog about. 🙂 The top two for me would be the Procession of Dukes, and the Old Masters Museum.

Procession of Dukes

This amazing wall mosaic is 102 meters long and has 25,000 porcelain tiles – making it the largest porcelain mosaic in the world. There are 93 figures in the mural including 35 rulers from the house of Wettin.  The original mural created by Wilhelm Walther used sgraffito technique, but because of weathering damage it was then transferred to Meissen porcelain tiles.

Alte Meister Gallery (Old Masters)

Located in the Zwinger Palace is the Old Masters Gallery.  I could spend days, possibly weeks/months, in this gallery.  Loaded with art from Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Delft and two of my favorites Titian and Raphael, can you blame me? 🙂

Raphael’s Sistine Madonna

This masterful oil painting is a lot of fun to study.  In the middle, of course, Madonna holding the Christ Child.  On either side of Madonna are two saints, Saint Sixtus and Saint Barbara.   Painted in the clouds are dozens of cherubs.  I have to admit it took me a while to notice them.  Have a closer look – Cloud Cherubs.  The winged cherubs at the bottom of the painting are probably the most recognizable.  Take a close look at the expression on Mary’s face – I wonder what she was thinking? …and the feel of the clouds…   🙂

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Students Connecting – Art and History

I have always considered the arts a valuable tool in creating life long learning for both my children and myself.  Yesterday I read an article (“Object Lesson”) by Marice Rose that explains a way of engaging students in art, history, culture, and society.  It shows how to help students define art.  Understanding the meaning and value of art helps students (we are all students after all – life long learners :)) develop a human connection to it.

And much more…it’s a good read.

http://www.arteducators.org/research/AE_July2012_Rose.pdf