Memorial Art Gallery

Today we went to the Memorial Art Gallery. There isn’t a special exhibition we wanted to see, but instead we wanted to view the variety of items in their permanent displays. My Mother made a point of making sure I knew I wasn’t allowed to take photos inside of the galleries. Rats!

One of my favorite paintings is Asher Brown Durand’s Genesee Oaks which is back in the collection (click the link to see the painting and to read about it). Last time I saw this it was at the Genesee Village Country Museum.

Another favorite of mine is John Frederick Kensett’s A Showery Day, Lake George. Once again you can click the link to see the painting and read about it. Last time I stayed at Lake George was during a hurricane and the electricity was out all night. Talk about a dark and scary night!

We saw one of my favorite artists Thomas Cole’s small painting Genesee Scenery. I was hoping to see a larger version! It was all of 6 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ and can be seen on the second page if you click above.

Genesee Scenery
Genesee Scenery

We saw Partial Armor Made for the Dukes of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel, 1560’s which was etched steel and leather. The etching detail is amazing! Click on the link for a pdf of a partial view of the armor.

One of my newest favorite paintings is by Walter Goodman and it is called The Printseller’s Window. Clicky on the link to see the painting. I need to find out more about this painting, because the portraits in this painting are of famous painters of the time.

the printseller's window
The Printseller’s Window

At 3PM a man from the Eastman School of Music started playing the Italian Baroque Organ. It was truly amazing, but a little goes a long way! Click on the link to see the organ. It is powered by another guy pumping two bellows.

We saw many other items, but these are some of my favorites from today. The sun was beautiful on the old Cutler Union building when we went outside, and I did snap some photos.

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This is the entrance to the old Cutler Union building, which is part of the Memorial Art Gallery.

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It was a nice afternoon, even though I couldn’t take photos inside!