|Some might say "chocolate box" but I say "beauty."|
Sorry I've been away. I have been working and writing and will have more to say about that soon (I just stopped myself from writing "anon" instead of "soon" - you're welcome).
I've been meaning to stop by here for weeks to tell you about a must-visit place that I finally visited this summer: The Yale Center for British Art.
I bought a poster at auction years ago of a grave rubbing of a medieval knight. This poster, which came from the museum and so has "YALE CENTER FOR BRITISH ART" emblazoned along the bottom, has been hanging in my dining room for years. After staring at "YALE CENTER FOR BRITISH ART"over uncounted plates of spaghetti, tacos, etc. for five years I finally Googled it last year. I have wanted to go ever since.
Wel, I went last month, at last and, friends, it is gorgeous.
Well, after a fashion. The building is a modernist icon by the famous architect Louis I. Kahn. This is code for "it's an ugly cube."
|Have a seat! I did. Note Turners in the background...|
|Is there a deeper meaning to this particular grouping?|
|English people love dogs|
The floors are (mostly) carpeted, which much improved my stamina. What is it that makes museums so exhausting? I've decided hard floors have something to do with it.
And what a collection! Here's the logline from the website:
The Yale Center for British Art houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. Presented to the university by Paul Mellon (Yale College, Class of 1929), the collection reflects the development of British art and culture from the Elizabethan period onward.
|Lots of dogs, if you look|
I live nearly five hours from New Haven. I couldn't find one friend or family member who was up for the trip. I went by myself. About three hours in, as the Connecticut traffic mayhem surrounded me, I thought I had made a mistake.
|Here's another one!|
|And another! Did I mention horses? Lots of those too.|
The writing that has taken my energy lately is a story inspired by other art made available to the public by the New York Public Library. Watch this space! In the meantime, I hope some of you will head to New Haven and let me know what you think of this beautiful temple to the best things in life. Ta for now.