Monday, January 17, 2022

Sagrada Familia Interior

Barcelona's most famous building is the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) basilica designed by Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926).  Construction began in 1882 and will likely miss its 2026 completion target.  The Spanish Civil War and other delay events contributed to that timeline.

Today's post presents some photos of its interior I took early November 2021.  I was last there in the Fall of 2010 shortly before Pope Benedict XVI consecrated the building.  What I saw was a construction zone that shortly became the nearly completed interior.  As best I can tell, the interior is now essentially complete.

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View on entering from the eastern Nativity side.



Towards the Choir.

Looking down the Nave.




Towards the east entrance.

The ceiling.

Windows on the west side have a warm tint, whereas east side windows feature cooler blue and green.

The effect of sunlight through those windows.

Summary view of interior details.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Molti Ritratti: Napoleon III

Napoleon III, Charles Louis Napoléon Bonaparte, 1808-1873, Emperor of France, nephew (or perhaps not) of Napoleon Bonaparte, was an interesting man worthy of this extensive Wikipedia entry.

He lived in the age of photography, so apparently didn't have many painted portraits made of himself if an Internet search is any guide.

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By Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873) - 1855
Winterhalter was a major society and royalty portrait artist.

By Franz Xaver Winterhalter
Undated on the Internet, but judging by Louis Napoleon's appearance, perhaps around the same time as the previous image.  Or maybe before he was proclaimed Emperor.

By Adolpe Yvon (1817-1893) Haussmann présente à l'Empereur le plan d'annexion des Communes - c.1860
Napoleon is shown shorter, heavier than in Winterhalter's full-length portrait of him.

By Jean-Hippolyte Flandrin (1809-1864) - Napoleon III en uniforme de général de Division - 1861
A stern, military expression on his face.  That said, unlike Napoleon I, he was no military genius.

By Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889) - c.1865
Supposedly the portrait Empress Eugénie thought portrayed him best.

By Adolphe Yvon - 1868
He must have enjoyed military uniforms and medals.

Photograph by Le Jeune (cropped) - 1869
Taken a year before his disastrous war with Prussia and the end of his reign.

Monday, January 3, 2022

Jean-Gabriel Domergue's Cuties

Jean-Gabriel Domergue (1889-1962, Wikipedia entry here) was a painter and illustrator whose work evolved to where he mostly painted stereotyped young women as a means of earning a living.  I wrote about him here and elsewhere.

Being a professional artist is usually precarious from an economic standpoint.  For that reason, I can't blame people like Domergue for latching onto a visual schtick that bring in the denarii.  But I don't have to like the schtick.

Below are examples from his later (post-1940) work.  Not all he did in those days looked quite like the images shown.  What interests me is how similar those faces are.  He apparently didn't have to do much research or thinking to create them.

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"Femme en noir á Venise" perhaps from around 1920.  This is an example of the kind of work Domergue did early in his career.

A portrait - Miss Frederica Montagu of Ince Blundell - 1938.  This has his stylizing beginning to appear.  Unfortunately, I could not locate a photo of his subject for comparison.

Now for a series of images with similar faces.

Eyes are set far apart.

Eyebrows are highly arched.

Noses are stubby.

Mouths are on the small size.

But lips are full.

Evening gowns are low-cut.

You can enlarge this image to better reveal Domergue's brushwork.