I am at the National Gallery for Women in the Arts for an exhibit of images of Mary.
UPDATE: I read that on 2 March the group Anonymous 4 is to give a concert at the NGWA. Wow!
I must admit that my initial reaction to the name of the place made brought to my minds eye all manner of horrors. But the gallery seems fairly tame and reasonable. It is a fine building.
The exhibit is splendid. If you are near DC or can plan a trip before it closes, you don’t want to miss it.
I couldn’t take photos but some images are online.
You all know Caravaggio’s lush Rest on the Flight into Egypt so I won’t bother you with that.
Among my favorites were a wonderful marble by Tino da Camaino (+1337). Madonna and Child. The little Lord seems to be attempting an escape but his hand is raised in blessing. I suspect there may have been other figures.
And there is a wonderful Andrea Pisano marble in which Mary is ticking her Son.
And there is Tiepolo and the Madonna of the Goldfinch. You know what kind of Goldfinch, don’t you!
There are quite a few paintings by women of whom I was entirely ignorant, though Artemesia is well known.
I’m having a bite at the mezzanine cafe and the off to the big Gallery for some El Greco before I meet friends for supper at the Army Navy Club.