I'm in training to be a docent at the Brooks Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the state of Tennessee. A two year program, the first 6 months are devoted to classes in art history, teaching styles, and public speaking. There is something soul soothing about being able to spend long periods of time observing...discussing a work of art. Taking time to quiet one's mind means that the more you look, the more you see...
One of my favorite pieces in the museum. Gutherz captures majesty and an infinite number of angelic beings in this work. A heavenly celebration. This is large a piece and you feel the grandeur he was imagining in heaven contrasted with the simplicity of the place of Christ's birth.
The Slaying of Medusa, ca. 1680
Perseus finishing off the Gorgon. I love a good hero, don't you?
Bartolomeo Mandfredi, Italian.
Speaking of heroes...
My favorite space in the museum. Serene. Inspiring. Reverent.