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Cavallo di Leonardo
Leonardo’s Horse
#The Horse that was Sculpted After 500 years

The story of Leonardo’s Horse's (Cavallo di Leonardo) statue is fascinating, almost unbelievable in terms of adoration for artists, even if it was someone as brilliant as Leonardo da Vinci.

In his life, Leonardo da Vinci was engaged in countless fields of art, science and technology. Many do not know that he also found time to sculpture and did that along with his amazing painting career.

In a sculpting project he engaged in during his youth, he reached a climax. Leonardo planned the construction of the horse for 17 years, which connected and contributed to his almost obsessive preoccupation with horses, which resulted in countless horse records and the study of their movement.

Leonardo set himself a great goal - to build the world's largest horse sculpture. At one point he managed to create a large clay model of the horse, which was placed in the courtyard of the Sforza Castle. But the French soldiers who invaded Italy in 1494 destroyed it. The Italian army also contributed to the mess by using the bronze that was meant to be used to build for weapons. Leonardo died and did not end up building the statue.

But the dream of the statue of the horse did not relent. The bronze statue you see was created only at the end of the 20th century, 500 years after Leonardo's death.

The story is amazing. The creator of it is an American art collector named Charles Dent. He heard about the story and decided to complete the plan to build the huge horse statue, as a tribute to the great artist, and to present it as a gift to the city of Milan. Dent recruited funds and a team of sculptors and experts who created the sculpture and in 1999 completed its construction. The construction of the statue was based on the drawings and plans left behind by Da Vinci. Incidentally, the American entrepreneur died before the end of the construction of the horse and his son was the director of the completion of the project.

Today, this statue is the largest horse statue in the world. It rises to a height of 7.5 meters and weighs 15 tons. The city of Milan placed it at the entrance to the city's horse racing arena, near the San Siro Stadium.

It stands on a surface of white Carrara marble, with a base made of granite. On the base stone is written: "The wind that blows between the ears of the horse is the spirit of heaven."

Statue replicas were also placed in Michigan, in the United States and a small replica in the town of Vinci in Tuscany, the town where Leonardo was born and named after.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/cIbirWS3Uck
Herakleidon Museum
Herakleidon Museum
#About the Museum in the Shade of the Acropolis

The Herakleidon Museum is a private museum established in 1898, that displays temporary exhibits of Greek and international artists.

The museum is located in a neo-Classical building, which lies under the Acropolis of Athens. The stated goal of the museum is to expose the visitors to art by the most important artists in history, in a thorough and deep way, one by one.

For all the well-known artists displayed here, there are displays of the many periods that their works have undergone, famous and less known art by the artist is displayed. A variety of modern aids enable visitors to get an in-depth look at the artist's life and work. In addition, the museum presents the artistic development of the artist and the methods in which they worked, along with their biography and private lives.

This is how the museum displays its collections, next to artistic works, including paintings, sketches, and photographs, as well as personal artifacts belonging to artists and sketches that preceded paintings.

In the permanent collection of the museum there are art pieces from famous artists, among them the surrealist artist MC Escher, Victor Vasarely, and more.

In addition to its dealings with arts, the museum hosts cultural events like concerts, book signings, and various study days.



#Tips

The entrance is free for all.

Every year in the middle of August, the museum closes.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/DUbNmEEB0wY
Conde Duque
Conde Duque
#About the Modern Art Complex in the Ancient Building

Conde Duque is a modern art complex in Madrid, where museums and galleries have exhibits and present art, there is an auditorium that holds concerts, shows, plays, and dance performances.

The art complex was built in an old building from the 18th century, and at the center there is the museum for modern art, that holds temporary exhibits or paintings and photos, from the 20th century, and from modern artists.

Lately, the Conde Duque area has filled with clothing stores, restaurants, cafes, and nice and cheap bars.

The city's young population loves Malasana as well, the area where the complex is located. Many come to hang out here, together with tourists that come here to refresh from the many palaces and museums around the city.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/2nVbUW6YuRQ
Szpmvszeti Mzeum
Museum of Fine Arts
#About the Beautiful Art Museum of Budapest

The Museum of Fine Arts (Szépművészeti Múzeum) is an impressive art museum, with huge collections of art by non-Hungarians, pieces by the greatest creators in history.

The museum is located at the Heroes' Square, right at the entrance to the public park of Budapest, and was established between the years 1900-1906. The impressive Neo-classical building reminds of a Roman or Greek ancient temple.


#About the 6 Main Museum Collections

Ancient Egyptian Art - a huge collection of Egyptian art.

Classic and Ancient Greek Art - Mostly marble statues, among them the "The Budapest Dancer," a marble statue from the 3rd century, as well as tools from ceramics and bronze.

The "Masters" - thousands of drawings from the history of European paintings between the 13th and 18th century. Look for Giorgione's "Portrait of a Young Man," Raphael's "Esterhazy Madonna," Dürer's "Portrait of a Young Man," Pieter Bruegel "St John the Baptist Preaching," and pieces by Titian, Tintoretto, Rubens, El Greco, Velázquez and Goya.

Statues from Middle Ages to 17th Century - Italian statues including a statue of a small bronze Horseman of Leonardo Di Vinci, and wooden statues from Germany and Austria.

Art from the 19th and Beginning of the 20th Centuries - Romantic art pieces include statues by Auguste Rodin, pieces by Delacroix and Gustave Courbet, and paintings by the Impressionists Manet, Pissarro, and Renoir, and painted posters by the famous Toulouse-Lautrec.

Graphic Art - over 10,000 sketches and 100,000 prints from traditional graphic European art. The most impressive here are by Rembrandt and Goya, and a collection of notes from Di Vinci regarding "The Battle of Anghiari."


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/vD12CnuLQ0I


Screening on the Museum's Building:

https://youtu.be/GeOBXzRW5q4

Art

Greek Folk Art Museum
Greek Folk Art Museum
#About the Museum of Cultural Greek Art

The Greek Folk Art Museum was established in 1918 and displays handmade Greek artifacts.

The museum, whose name Greek Folk Art Museum was only chosen in 1959, has 4 sections. Each section is located in a different place in the city:

The central building - displays folk art exhibits, including ceramics, wood carvings, metal, cloths, embroidery, and religious items. There is an exhibit here for traditional dress for men and women from all around Greece. Displayed in this section are costumes for a masked ball, holiday wear, clothes worn during festivals and special occasions, and also costumes for theater. Additionally, you will see here works of silver that were created for churches and everyday uses, as well as huge collections of beautiful jewelry unique to Greece.

The building on 22 Panos Street - this building is in the Plaka, it presents the main and permanent exhibition. This is the museum's main building in Plaka, where the museum offices sit, with lecture halls and its own library.

Tzisdaraki Mosque - this was a mosque that was built during the Turkish rule over Athens, and today displays the Greek folk ceramic collection of Greece. The mosque is located in Monastiraki Square.

Bath House of the Winds - this was an ancient bath house located in the Plaka, and is from the Turkish rule over the city of Athens. It is unclear where the name Bath House of the Winds came from. Regardless, this is the only public bathhouse left of ancient Athens.


#Tips

The entrance is free for anyone under 19 years old, and students from the European Union.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/Ro-kKQcC3wQ
New Museum
New Museum
#About the New Museum

The New Museum is the only one among the museums in New York that is particular about dealing with contemporary art only. It is located in south Manhattan, in Soho.

In the modern building there are 8 floors, designed by Japanese architects, and its shape looks like a pile of die, abandoned in a messy way. The floors are accessible, and provide open galleries that are flexible in how they can be showcased. The museum began collecting in 2000. Notice a bright painting on the facade of the building, the creation "Hell. Yes!!" by Ugo Rondinone.

The temporary exhibits in the museum are extremely varied, and the museum specifically puts an emphasis on upcoming artists, modern art techniques, and displaying unique and original art, outside the mainstream.



#Tips

On Thursdays between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm, the entrance fee is "pay what you want."

On Saturdays and Sundays the roof is open to the public for free, and there is a wonderful view.
Albertina
Albertina
#About Vienna’s Great Art Museum

The Albertina Museum is one of the leading cultural museums in Europe and contains a collection of some of the most important works in the world. Both tourists and locals visit the museum.

During World War II the museum was damaged, and after the war it was extensively renovated for a expensive price. The renovation, which took 10 years, cost no less than $117 million, a lot of money at that time. Finally it was constructed into a huge museum complex, one of the largest in the world.

The facade of the museum is decorated in neo-classical style. The building was designed by the renowned architect Klaus Albrecht and the entrance was designed by the great architect Hans Hollein.

The museum has four floors, including three galleries that show millions of cultural and artistic objects. Here you will find works by the greatest artists in the history of art, including Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Pablo Picasso and others. But apart from them there are over 1.5 million carvings, more than a million paintings and more than 65,000 drawings and paintings. Go ahead and see them all!
Sir John Soane's Museum
Sir John Soane's Museum
#About The Archeology Museum

At the "Soane" Archeology Museum you will find some of London's most spectacular treasures. This museum displays illustrations and models of buildings designed by the British architect John Soane. Among the exhibits you will find archaeological collections of his. The museum is located in the Holborn neighborhood of central London. Sir John had left the house and all its collections of art to the British nation.

The museum was established while Sir John was still alive. After his passing, the British Parliament enforced a law determining that the house should be preserved exactly as it was in his lifetime. The law is still valid to this day. In the 19th century the museum expanded. Today this area serves as the museum's offices, library and gallery for temporary exhibitions as well.

In this museum you will find approximately 30,000 architectural illustrations and works of art, models and sculptures, paintings
and other works. The sarcophagus of Pharaoh Seti I is kept in the
cellar of the museum. In addition to the collections and artworks, there are also temporary exhibitions on various subjects, including the areas in which Sir John was interested.

Today the museum also serves as a national center for the study of architecture.



#Architecture and Construction

One of the most prominent features of the rooms in the museum
is the use of illumination. This is an original idea of Soane that he invented while planning the rooms in the Bank of England (the building where the United Kingdom Central Bank is located). Due to the special museum structure, in which the walls of the exhibition rooms are movable, it is possible to view several pictures simultaneously and rotating the display structure easily and efficiently.

The breakfast room, where you will find a concave ceiling with mirrors, was an influential feature on contemporary interior designers at the time. The museum's library is built in the Gothic style.

The house as it is today, lures the visitors into the atmosphere of Sir John Soane.



#Sir John Soane

Architect John Soane was born in 1753 and achieved a respectable career during his lifetime.

Sir John Soane decided to build his house on the north side of Lincoln’s Inn. He bought three houses adjacent to each other and rebuilt them for this purpose. Shortly after his appointment as professor of architecture at the Royal Academy, he purchased the building where the museum is located - house number 13. Originally, the house was supposed to serve him as an office.

His wife passed away in 1815, and he remained alone in the house, continuing to develop his collections and works.

In 1823, when he was 70 years old, he purchased the adjacent building, number 14, and expanded it to the museum grounds, significantly increasing them in size. Sir John Soane passed away in 1837.



A Closer Look at the Museum:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3Nn7KuuzRA


Victoria and Albert Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum
#About the Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum excels in designing items, and here you will find the largest collection in the world of decorative arts. The original purpose of the collection was to inspire creators at the time. Even with its artistic edge, the museum is not intended only for art lovers, but also those interested in anthropology and getting to know a wide variety of cultures.

The museum was established in 1852, and at first was called The South Kensington Museum, for its location in the Kensington neighborhood. At first it was established as a continuation of a large exhibition that took place in London in 1851, at the initiative of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's husband. In 1899 the museum received its owner's name.

The museum building was built in the Edwardian and Victorian style, and this is largely felt by looking at the windows and overhead arches.

In the 145 galleries, each with its own characteristics, you can find over 4 million items displayed. The Middle Ages and Renaissance galleries, the statue, jewelry, fashion, and furniture galleries – all these are just a few of the large amounts of displays here. In the heart of the building you will find a beautiful garden that is pleasant for a walk.

The total area of the building is 45,000 square meters.

Between 10:30 am to 3:30 pm there are free tours around the museum.



#The Museum's Courtyard

In the museum you will find two covered courtyards, called the Molding Garden, where you will find plaster moldings of statues, friezes, and coffins. All these were especially brought over to London, for artists to learn from, and be inspired by. One of the most famous piece of art is there Trajan's Column, whose height is so large it was cut into two.

With the years, many of the original pieces of art were damaged, and so the Victoria and Albert Museum is one of the only places to still see some of the works of art, exactly as they appeared in the 19th century.
Rahmi M. Koc Museum
#About Istanbul's Transportation Musuem

The Rahmi M. Koc Museum in Istanbul is an impressive museum for vehicles and the history of transportation.

The museum includes ancient carriages, locomotives and trains, some of which were still used by the Ottoman sultans. It also features miniature models of trains and various accessories and means from the world of trains and its history.

Alongside them is a large collection of other transportation vehicles. Among them you can see historical tools and transportation from the last few centuries, including carriages, cars and models of cars, ships, planes and even submarines.

There are over 1,000 items here. It is interesting to see among them the blue, personal and luxurious train used by the Turkish Sultan in Ottoman Turkey.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/zdMuzIPLpcc



Another Look:

https://youtu.be/qP0bo2PEP_U



Wandering Around the Museum:

https://youtu.be/EIuL0ocFNxc
d'Orsay Art Museum
#Musée d'Orsay - The Train Station That Became an Art Museum

One of the most impressive art museums in the world is dedicated to art from the second half of the 19th century and the early years of the 20th century. The d'Orsay Art Museum (Musée d'Orsay) is located on the left bank of the Seine River in the 7th district of the prestigious area of Saint Germain. The museum has an impressive collection of art, including a variety of important and famous works from 1848 to 1914.

The spacious building now used as a museum was no less than a train station and a hotel in the past. During your visit you can still see the huge clocks used by the passengers and the floors remind you a little of the platforms that were once here. The transformation of the station into a museum began in 1977 and opened to the general public in 1986.

The museum also features sculptures, decorative art, photographs and furniture. You can see the works of the most important impressionist artists - Monet with "Women in the Garden", "Heaps of Hay" and "Poppies", Renoir's famous works such as "Dances in the Moulin de la Galette" and "The Bathers", some of Degas's sculptures of famous dancers and Mannes most important works, "Breakfast on the Grass" and "Olympia".

Do not miss the works of the amazing realist Krove, which will leave you stunned with your mouth open. Then continue to the Impressionist side - paintings that accurately reflected what eye sees.

As we continue to wander through the museum's parts, we arrive at the post-Impressionists part - those who rebelled and abandoned Impressionism in favor of establishing a new artistic language. Van Gogh, the father of expressionism, describes not only what exists in nature, but his moods and feelings, which are not only private and personal, and which embrace each other.



#Creations Worth Looking at in the Museum

There are many worthwhile creations in the museum, here are some of them:

#Starry Night over The Rhone (Vincent van Gogh)

Van Gogh's work was painted in 1888. It depicts the banks of the Rhone River in the city of Arles in France. The painting is drawn from a remote perspective, from the eastern bank of the river to the western bank, which allows it to demonstrate the reflections of the street lighting (gas lamps) in the river. In the painting you can see a pair of lovers strolling along the riverbank. The painting shows specific buildings in Arles, such as the church towers of Saint Julien and Saint Tropez.

#Bal du Moulin de la Galette (Pierre Auguste Renoir)

Renoir painted this work twice - once big and ocne small. The large version can be found in the museum and the small one is currently in a private collection. The work depicts a dance of the bourgeois class, which takes place in Montmartre in Le Moulin de la Galette, on Sunday afternoons. The painting includes a large number of figures - some standing, some dancing and some sitting at tables. Above the group are trees that allow rays of sun to pass and illuminate the characters. The characters in the painting are cut off and therefore there is a sense that the scene is part of a larger event that takes place outside the boundaries of the picture.

#Lunch on the Grass (Edouard Manet)

Manet's oil painting depicts a naked woman beside two dressed men, dining in a garden in Paris in 1863. This was the first time female nudity in daily context was introduced in a painting, without any explicit social or political statement.



#The Museum's Building

The Musée d'Orsay, considered one of the most impressive and popular museums in the world, is a magnificent architectural structure of metal and glass, which began its construction in 1898.

The museum was built where a train station used to be. The station was inaugurated in 1900, but due to a lack of compatibility with newer and more modern trains, it was only used for 40 years. The building was used for several decades for different needs, until in the mid-1970's when the entire building was designated for demolition. A modern multi-functional complex was planned to be built there, but due to the stubbornness of the French museum management, which discovered the potential inherent in the special building, a museum dedicated to art from the second half of the 19th century to the early years of the 20th century was created there.

In 1977, the decision was made and the railway station became an artistic lodge while preserving its outer shape. The museum opened to the public in 1986, and to this day, while utilizing the high spaces of the building, it presents neoclassical, romantic, impressionistic, realistic and other creations.

The ground floor is divided into three levels that present painting, sculpture and architecture.

On the second floor of the building are Impressionist works by a variety of painters.



#The Story of the Striping Artist

In 2016, the artist Deborah de Robertis from Luxembourg was arrested after lying naked in a museum, in front of the painting "Olympia" by Edouard Manet. The painting shows a naked woman lying in her full glory looking directly at the viewer's eyes. Behind the woman is a black maid. In those days, the exhibition "Luxury and Misery: Images of Prostitution 1850-1910" was presented at the museum, which dealt with the excitement of various artists in the phenomenon of prostitution that grew in the second half of the 19th century. Manet's painting caused turmoil at the time, ever since the first time it was presented in 1865. This is because the painting was very direct and daring for its time. He introduced a real prostitute and not a mythological figure, historical or religious - which was more common in the works of the time.

But the naked appearance of the striping artist, while many people were standing around the painting, awakened the museum guards, who closed the room and asked her to dress. Because she refused, the police were summoned and removed her from the place.

The artist's lawyer explained that she carried a camera in order to document the audience's reactions, and that in fact it was a work of art. Despite the reputation that comes to France as a place that promotes free sex, cases from recent years indicate that there too, they find it difficult to accept such harsh provocations. After her release from prison, the artist said that the French reaction was hypocritical to her.



A Closer Look at the Museum:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8SZxg2SjCE&t=79s
Great Palace Mosaic Museum
#About the Museum With the Mosaics

The Great Palace Mosaic Museum (Büyük Saray Mozaikleri Müzesi) displays a wonderful collection of mosaic art from the Byzantine Emperor's Palace.

In the museum you can see wonderful mosaic, where scenes of hunts and mythology stories are illustrated. The mosaics were found by archeologists near the Sultan Ahmed Mosque.



#A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/4I_ozt9wEuw
Shoreditch
#The Neighborhood of Graffiti and Young Creatives

In recent years, the Shoreditch neighborhood of East London
has become one of the youngest, most colorful and vibrant neighborhoods in London. It’s hard to believe that not long ago, this trendy and sought after neighborhood populated by millennials and perceived as a vibrant artistic and cultural center, was a failed neighborhood in the city, identified by its unflattering moniker, "the Slums." However the rising housing prices in London, as well as the potential of the aging and neglected neighborhood brought young people here in droves. Thus, Shoreditch became a neighborhood that piqued interest and attracted many young people looking for the cheap and simple life in the big city, but notwithstanding cozy cafes and other charms of the neighborhood.

In fact, bars, cafes, restaurants, galleries and shops are now being opened in Shoreditch which have become a magnet for young people who come in throngs from all over the region. Naturally, this cultural change is expressed chiefly by graffiti art which covers the neighborhood’s walls in vibrant color. Every tour of Shoreditch exposes the visitors immediately to what has become the identifying symbol of this newly awakened neighborhood - the paintings of street artists and talented graffiti artists.

Shoreditch has artworks on its walls, though these are not simply inscriptions and scribbles. They are real works of art. Here you will find works by artists such as Noir, the French graffiti artist who was the first to paint on the Berlin Wall and his characters are known to graffiti enthusiasts from all over the world, StinkFish is known to spray through stencils he creates with characters he has photographed in the past. Some of Stik’s work, the world's most famous street artist, is around the neighborhood walls for admiration. There are areas that are a product of collaboration with other artists. Besides the art, it is also a form of criticism on the distortions and breakdowns in modern society, which has long become the hallmark of this mysterious and invisible art.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/OUhzNjfy8qY


Virtual visit:

https://youtu.be/LF8_s6r0Lo4
National Museum of Art of Romania
#About the National Museum of Art

The National Museum of Art of Romania (Muzeul National de Arta) was opened in 1948. It is small and not very prominent, but is a point of interest for people who are interested in fascinating art from around Romania, and the world. Like many others, this museum is made of exhibits that are both permanent and temporary. There are about 70,000 different works of art, from all different artistic styles, periods, and artists.

The items in the gallery are divided into 3 sections: Middle Age Romanian art, modern Romanian art, and Lapidarium - an entire section that displays archeological finds. There are paintings, statues, prints, documents, decorative art, Oriental art, Islamic art, as well as Chinese and Japanese art.

In the museum you can see art pieces by artists like Bruegel, Renoir, and Dimitrie Paciurea. There is a great statue collection by the known Romanian artist Constantin Brâncuși. The Royal Romanian family transferred to the museum their private art collection.

Want something interesting? Notice the gallery in the Throne Room. There are extraordinary ceiling decorations, and portraits of the royal family from earlier periods. Very interesting.



An Impressive Light Show on the Building:

https://youtu.be/lJlDDUmVTeU
Modern Art Gallery
#The Museum of Modern Art of Milan:

Right next to the city's public gardens, on the other side of Palestro, is the Museum of Modern Art (Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporane). The museum is located in a magnificent palace that was converted into a museum in 1921.

The palace, which is known as the GAM, is a majestic and rich villa of historical significance since it served as the home of Napoleon Bonaparte in the city after conquering northern Italy.

The beauty and wealth of the place has since been preserved and is a suitable accommodation for the masterpieces that are exhibited there. This is undoubtedly the city's most well-known modern art museum, which focuses on art that was considered modern in the 19th century and continues to be in the 20th century.

The GAM Gallery has no contemporary and post-modern pieces of art. In the large and spectacular halls of this gallery you can see hundreds of pieces of art and artworks created by the best of the Impressionist, Expressionist and Modernist artists such as Cezanne, Gauguin, Modigliani, Max Ernst, Andy Warhol and other Italian and French artists from the modernist movements of the 19th and 20th centuries.

On the top floor of the building, you can also see neo-classical sculptures by Italian artists of the 20th century, such as Canova, Marini and others.
This gallery is a paradise for art lovers who broke the tradition of realism in the 19th century and strengthened in the 20th century. It is a place where the splendor of the past is integrated with the art of the recent past, by the artists of Italy and the world.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/xGM7fkoddW0



Another Look:

https://youtu.be/0V-Vw7yZstc
HangarBicocca
#The Excellent Gallery of Contemporary Art

HangarBicocca, launched in 2004, is a huge industrial hangar, not far from the center of Milan, which has become the center of contemporary art.

The hangar, one of the largest centers of contemporary art in Europe, displays Avant-Garde and Pop Art paintings and sculptures, made of all possible material and of every conceivable size.

The most interesting work here is a permanent installation by the artist Anselm Kiefer. The work is displayed in a dark space called "Seven Heavenly Palaces." This exhibit is just one of a number of huge exhibits by artists such as Boccalini with “Melting Pot 3.0” and “Boltanski”, which are presented here in a great way.

Notice the design work, Avant-Garde industrial style, which also characterizes the museum and restaurant shop "Bistro HB." This is the work of the renowned Italian design team Contempo, who is also responsible for the design of "Diesel" stores around the world.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/kUOWQfwO6n8
Spazio Forma
#The Gallery for Those Interested in Artistic Photography

The gallery of the Spazio Forma (Fondazione Forma), is a gallery dedicated to photography and modern design. The most well-known permanent exhibition reviews the history of photography and its development as an art.

There are also various and often fascinating other exhibitions. Among them are quite a few, of course, in a city like Milan, unique fashion exhibitions.
The gallery was originally set up in 2005, in the south of the city, in the former tram station of Milan. It had moved from its previous place in Piazza Tito Lucrezio Caro.

This is a gallery for photography lovers. Some critics point out that although this is an excellent gallery, it tends to be quite spartan and does not elaborate on the photographs that are exhibited in the exhibitions that take place in it, which is also quite expensive.



#Tips

Check the site (below) to see if there is a temporary and unique exhibition that interests you during your vacation in the city.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/9RaDUuyDIzc


Triennale
#The Museum of Design, Art and Architecture

Even if now it has a lot of competition around the world, many see the city of Milan as the design capital of Italy and perhaps of all of Europe. So, it is only natural that its design museum will be particularly impressive.

Indeed, the Triennale Museum of Design and Architecture is one of the world's most regarded museums for design, art and contemporary architecture. Its main goal is to present the Italian design that has become famous around the world. An innovative and contrasted design whose flourishing period started at the beginning of the 20th century and carries out to this today.

There are plenty of impressive displays from the best contemporary artists and Italian designers from the past and present, along with superior furniture designers from around the world.
From the museum collection, you will learn about the diversity and innovation that has characterized Italian design throughout the generations. There is a clear illustration of the field of design as a fascinating combination of art, industry, aesthetics and usability, and how Milan and Italy have become so successful in the global and modern design scene.

You can wander through the permanent exhibits in Triennale. But here, throughout the year, temporary exhibitions of design, art and architecture are also held alongside various events in those worlds.
Give yourselves a few minutes to drink coffee in the museum' s designer café, on chairs that are iconic in the history of the design world. Do not miss out on the museum's shop, with its range of designer products, along with design books, architecture and modern art. A visit to Triennale is a must for all lovers of design in general and the glorious Italian design in particular.

Enjoy!



A Closer Look at the Museum:

https://youtu.be/5jjXQ7Kfj-w
Neues Museum
#About the Museum of Ancient Art and its Architecture

At Museum Island, where you can find a variety of museums on different subjects, you will also see the "Neues Museum." It was built in the early 19th century, between 1843 and 1855, by the German architect Friedrich August Shteller.

During World War II, the museum was badly damaged. Since 1999, the British architect David Chipperfield has been working on the Museum’s restoration, which has the award of Most Important Architecture in Europe. Chipperfield conducts the restoration with the help of various experts. They are trying to preserve the historical authenticity of the place, and leave the fragments of bombing and the remnants of the worn-out murals.

Chipperfield tries not to blur the differences between the old and the new, and this is what earned him his award. The judges' reasoning was "Chipperfield manages to produce an excellent mix of contemporary architecture with conservation and art." As early as 1999, UNESCO declared the building a World Heritage Site.

Some attribute the opening of the museum to the end of the war era of the Museum Island.



#What's in the Museum?

In the museum you can see ancient Egyptian art. The museum displays thousands of items from prehistoric times up to the Middle Ages. Sarcophagi decorated with hieroglyphs, Hellenistic statues from Alexandria, swords, weapons and more.

One of the most important highlights of the place is the statue of the ancient Egyptian queen from 1340 BC, Nefertiti. The statue was discovered by a German archaeologist at the beginning of the last century, and displays the magnificent beauty of the Egyptian queen. For many years the statue was displayed at a different museum, however today it is located on the second floor of the Neues Museum.

There is an interesting story about this statue. A dispute arose between Egypt and Germany, after Egypt complained that the statue had been taken without permission in 1912. The Germans, on the other hand, claim that it was given to them as part of the distribution of items found in an archaeological excavation in Egypt. Recently a special document was revealed claiming that the Germans did not tell the whole truth about the importance of the statue from the French representative who was responsible for the distribution of items in the same excavation.



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEcZMz0IHGQ
Gemäldegalerie
#About the Museum of Classical Art in Berlin

If you are an avid art enthusiast, then Gemaldegalerie is one of the most important painting galleries for European art between the 13th century and the 18th century. This is one of the national museums of Berlin and is located in the Museum complex ‘Kulturforum,’ across from the largest concert hall in the city.

The museum’s collection was started in the 19th century by experts, and it correctly depicts almost accurately the political events of Europe in the last 200 years. World War II left its mark on the collection. The collection was substantially hurt by fires and theft. After the reunification of Berlin, the gathering of the collection again began, and the museum was only inaugurated in 1998.

If you were wondering which pieces of art you will be able to see there, there are painters such as Vermeer, Botticelli, Raphael and Titian. And these names are only a small portion of the whole collection. A collection of Rembrandt paintings is also a part of the collection, and it is the second largest in its size.



A Closer Look at the Museum:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ9-pgtivYQ
Rodin Museum
#Rodin Museums History

The Rodin Museum (Musée Rodin) is housed in a beautiful 18th century palace called Hotel Biron. The palace was built in 1731 as a luxurious residence of a wealthy barber and sought to establish for himself the most beautiful house in Paris of that time. After the death of the original owner, the palace changed several ownerships until, in 1905, the palace was purchased by the French government and divided into several luxury and expensive housing units.

The unique design of the palace and the magnificent gardens surrounding it attracted various artists such as Henri Matisse, and in 1908 the sculptor Auguste Rodin rented part of the ground floor of the palace to store his works. In the rooms he rented he used as a studio, where he worked and entertained his many friends. At the same time, Rodin began talking to the French government to fulfil his life's goal: to turn the palace into a museum dedicated to his works.

In 1916, as part of an agreement to establish the museum, Rodin donated all his works, sculptures and paintings, photographs and archives, as well as the private collections he had accumulated over the years. But Rodin did not live to see his dream come true - he died in 1917, while the museum opened its doors to the general public only two years later.



#What's at the Museum
In the 17 galleries of the palace, and in the nearby sculpture garden, you can see the famous works of Auguste Rodin, among them also those that have earned him great fame such as "The Thinker", "The Bourgeois of Calais" and more. Alongside Rodin's works are the works of Camille Claudel, who was his student and his beloved and a gifted sculptor, and works by other artists such as Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet and Monk.

One of Rodin's famous sculptures, the "Bronze Age", caused great rage when it was first shown in 1877. It was a statue of a naked man who looked so natural and real that the artist was accused of casting him on a living model. After it became clear that the accusations had no basis, the rage was replaced with great admiration, and Rodin was regarded as one of the greatest sculptors in the world.

Another famous sculpture, perhaps the artist's most famous sculpture, is the statue of "The Thinker" - a self contained human figure, who rests his head on his hand in a 'thinking' pose. This sculpture was part of a comprehensive work by Rodin. "The Gates of the Underworld" inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy, was also presented as an independent sculpture. In 1906 "The Thinker" was placed at the front of the Pantheon in Paris, thus becoming the first sculpture of the artist to be exhibited in a public place in Paris. After the opening of the Rodin Museum, the sculpture was copied to the sculpture garden of the Biron Palace, where it stands to this day.


#Auguste Rodin
The Rodin Museum is named after the French sculptor Auguste Rodin, who is known for his realistic style and for his famous sculpture "The Thinker."

Rodin was born in Paris to a poor family and despite his talent, at the beginning of his artistic career, he could not take off. For twenty years he made a living by carving, his application was rejected three times by the "Ecole des Beaux-Arts" (National High School of Fine Arts).

The turning point began in the mid 1870's, when he toured Italy and saw Michelangelo's works, from which he drew inspiration for his creation, "The Bronze Age." Rodin's characters were so realistic and distant from what was customary at the time that they accused him of casting with the bodies of living models. After it became clear that the charges against him had no basis, he received tremendous admiration for his impressive achievement and he was recognized as one of the greatest sculptors in the whole world.



#The Rodin Museum for Tourists
The house, cafe and garden of the Rodin Museum are dedicated to the work of the genius sculptor, Rodin, who lived and sculpted here during his last years. This is a small museum and one of the most unique and beautiful in the city. Many choose this museum as a favorite for them in Paris because of its beauty and pleasant and artistic atmosphere, along with the magnificent sculptures that make Rodin the successor of the Classical period sculptors.

The museum opened in 1919 and is located in the Hotel Biron, which was built in 1727 and where Rodin lived since 1908.

If you come here with children and the museum is not able to intrigue them enough, you can stroll through the museums garden and look at Rodin's sculptures. You can also sit in the museum's café, because it is open to the garden and while your sitting, the adults, can let the kids go wild in the lawns and learn about Rodin's works through the sculptures.

Hotel Biron underwent a three year and 16 million euro renovation, it reopened in November 2015. It also revealed 600 items that were never displayed before.



#Rodin's Most Prominent Works

At the museum you can find some of Rodin's familiar sculptures:


#The Gates of Hell

This is a huge sculpture project commissioned by the French government - a large bronze gate called "The Gates of Hell." The gate was to be the entrance of a decorative art museum, but it was not executed because it was never finished and the gate itself was not completed for 37 years until the sculptor's death.

#The Thinker

One of Rodin's most famous sculptures. It describes a bronze man immersed in his own thoughts. It's construction was completed in 1902 and two years later the statue was released to the public. The truth is that Rodin called it "Dante, the Thinker," but the more common and known name is "The Thinker."

#Les Bourgeois de Calais

The sculpture was completed in 1888 and describes the surrender of the city of Calais in 1347 to Edward III, after a siege that lasted over a year, during the Hundred Years War. Edward III offered not to destroy the city, provided all six of the most important dignitaries of the city came and sacrificed their lives. After the six dignitaries agreed and were persuaded by Queen of England, Philippa of Hainault, Edward III agreed not to carry out the execution. The sculpture presents the different characteristics of each of the six figures. The statue was controversial because Rodin chose to present the city's representatives as broken people rather than heroes.

#The Bronze Age

This is one of Rodin's most famous statues, and it sparked a great rage when it was first shown in 1877. The reason was because the statue of the naked man seemed so natural and real that the artist was accused of casting him from a live human model. After it became clear that the accusations had no basis, they recognized him as a genius and he was admired and appreciated as one of the greatest sculptors in the world. Many have since regarded him as the successor to the great sculptors of the classical period.



#Rodin Gardens

The Rodin Gardens are a magical wonder, like a gem inside a museum. There's a lot of beauty in them. Not luxurious, but a combination of simple, comforting and relaxing beauty at the same time. Classical symmetry and classical sculptures. You can not say that the sculptures scattered in the garden are only beautiful, but also arouse quite a bit of thought. From time to time tourists can be seen trying to imitate the more or less complicated poses of the statues.

The gardens spreads over 3,000 square meters and are divided into a rose garden and a large ornamental garden.

Between the two main buildings of the museum is a charming garden where passerby can see "The Thinker" and the famous roses of the gardens. But in order to really discover the large and wide gardens, one has to go through the wide structure.

To reach another magical garden, smaller than the previous ones, go all the way to the large pool surrounded by sculptures. When the garden seems to be over - continue beyond the big arches. There you will see a small garden, with an English ambience and dimness.


#Tips
Free entry of the first Sunday of the month, from October to end of March.

Free for Under 18 and under 26 from the European Union.


A Closer Look at the Museum:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wItu0e07KNk
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