Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Monuments Men

Sharon and I watched The Monuments Men as a HD rental on the AppleTV on Saturday night. It is not a very good film. I don't recommend it.

Note to self, the film features two pieces of art that I am interested in visiting. First, Jan and Hubert van Eyck’s famous Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, better known as the Ghent Altarpiece of 1432, ranks among the most significant works of art in Europe. Housed at Saint Bavo Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium, the large and complex altarpiece suffered a varied history over the centuries. Dismantled, stolen, and damaged many times over, it was reassembled, cleaned, and restored after World War II.

Second, the Madonna of Bruges is a marble sculpture by Michelangelo of Mary with the infant Jesus. The work is notable in that it was the only sculpture by Michelangelo to leave Italy during his lifetime.

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