February 12, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day Art Lovers!

I love to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. I can, and do spend hours here. I really cannot find the words to express how much I love this place. And, I try to visit at least two times a year. Not enough in my opinion.

One of my favorite movies, The Thomas Crown Affair (the remake) with Rene Russo, Pierce Brosnan and Denis Leary is set in the museum. If you haven't seen it, crack open a bottle of wine and enjoy what I consider a very sexy movie for Valentine's Day.

I always visit the museum on a Friday since it is open late on this day. And, I always start in the Impressionists section. Why? #1 - Best to go early since later in the day, this section is too crowded. Nothing like loads of Japanese tourists vying for viewing space near Degas' The Little Fourteen Year Old Dancer. Look at all of this glorious space around her. Not a person in sight. Just me and her. Gotta love it!

And, #2 - Renoir is my favorite artist. He painted realistic women; women with T & A, if ya know what I mean. Last April, I was actually staring at one of his paintings and a man asked me what I thought about the painting. He was cute in a nerdy kind of way. Listen, I would not have kicked him out of bed for eating crackers but alas, a nice conversation on art was all that came of it.

After gazing in awe at these amazing artists, I always set out next, to find one of my favorite paintings. I can never remember where it is because there are just so many galleries. So inevitably, I ask a security guard the following, "Can you tell me where I can find the painting of Cupid urinating on Venus?" And, the guards always direct me to this amazing painting.

I love it! And, its name is "Venus and Cupid" by Lorenzo Lotto.

So, with this photo, I wish all of you a HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY and who knows, maybe, just maybe, Cupid will drop his ahem, urine on me one of these days.


Elizabeth G. said...

Okay, but WHY is he urinating on Venus and why is she obviously okay with it?

Renoir is great, but he needs to explain this one!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

That is a fun movie..., and I hear that the original version is worth watching too -for the cool beach scenes alone!

Richella said...

Oh, yes. The Thomas Crown Affair is one very, very sexy movie. Every time I hear "Sinner Man" on the radio, I think of this movie. I'll bet I've watched it at least half a dozen times.

I'm with you on the Metropolitan. I don't get to NYC very often--once every few years--but this is my favorite spot to visit.

Did you ever read the children's book titled From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler?

Thanks for visiting me at Imparting Grace!

Haven and Home said...

Love that movie!!!

Tara said...

Thanks for linking up at Trendy Treehouse. I am now following you!

Maria Killam said...

I love that movie too!! Happy Love Day!

micah @ the yellow front door said...

That painting is, um, interesting! I'll have to check out that movie...

Juliana said...

Love that movie!

Holly said...

Saw you at the Trendy Treehouse Friday Follow and stopping by (On Sunday!) to say Hey!

I just love The Thomas Crown Affair - the story, pierce, Renee, her clothes!. Great pic. Thanks for sharing the museum photos too.

Adrianna said...

You are a really good writer. Reading your blog reminds me of Sex & the City.

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