Weekend in the Berkshires

by Becky D. May. 10, 2008 12108 views

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Brian and I got out of town for the weekend and visited some museums in the Berkshires. We went to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, then the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, then stayed the night at The Porches, then we went to Mass MoCA. This is Brian on Saturday morning at the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Norman Rockwell Museum: This room has images of the 321 covers that Rockwell illustrated for the Saturday Evening Post - completely amazing.

The patio behind the Rockwell museum.

Rockwell's studio - totally jealous

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute of Williamstown, Massachusetts has a world-reknowned and incredibly beautiful collection - this was a real treat. This shot may give you a bit of a sense of the openness of the flow from room to room, and also the different flavor of each of the rooms.

My jaw dropped when I saw this - it's a bronze copy of a sculpture I gawked at often when I lived in Florence. Seeing this was like running into an old friend. Oh yeah, staggeringly beautiful Bougherou painting of nymphs and a satyr in the background. This was my favorite room at the Clark.

Background, left: The Snake Charmer by Jean-Leon Gerome (one of my favorite artists). Foreground, center: The Abduction of Polyxena, by Pio Fedi (same sculpture as above). Background, right: another beautiful painting by Bougherou

Huge room, perfect light, amazing collection of Impressionist paintings and sculptures.

Memories and Regrets, by Alfred Stevens. The Clark has several fascinating paintings of women, and not just vapid nudes, or royalty showing off their dresses and jewels - these women were thinking and doing stuff. Photo credit: Brian D

In the Moonlight, by Alfred Stevens. This photo does not do justice to the amazing color and light of this beautiful little painting. Photo credit: Brian D

Self-portrait, by Renoir. Photo credit: Brian D

Rockets and Blue Lights (Close at Hand) to Warn Steamboats of Shoal Water, by JMW Turner. Photo credit: Brian D

The Seine at Argenteuil, by Gustave, Caillebotte, one of Brian's favorite artists. Photo credit: Brian D

The Massachusetts Museum of Contempory Art, in North Adams.

Projections, by Jenny Holzer. This huge long room had two giant projectors at either end, which projected scrolling sentences that travelled across the floor, walls and ceiling as they scrolled. Incredibly fascinating effect - very weird room to walk through as giant letters travel with you.

Interpretations, by Deborah Sperber. This is famous paintings, upside down, made entirely of spools of thread. Looking through the clear ball inverted and minimized the image so you could see it clearly. The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa, both by Leonardo da Vinci.

Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring

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