Springfield Museums

by Becky D. July. 19, 2010 7273 views

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Visited Springfield, MA because we found out they have an art museum, and we like those. The Springfield Museums [springfieldmuseums.org] consist of the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum (above), the D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the Springfield Science Museum, the Museum of Springfield History and, of course, the Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden. Pretty amazing place.

The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, which I had never heard of until the day before, has one of the most amazing rooms in the world - not quite as spectacular as the plaster cast rooms at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, but for western Mass, this was pretty amazing.

This room has plaster casts of several extremely beautiful, important and very, very old sculptures, many of which I've seen in Italy. It was truly a pleasure to see them again. Michelangelo's Moses is in the center, and his Dying Slave and Tomb of Lorenzo de'Medici are in the background on the left.

On the left, a plaster cast of The Visitation by Luca della Robbia. On the right, a plaster cast of the Tomb of Lorenzo de'Medici, Duke of Urbino and figures representing Twilight and Dawn, from the Medici Chapel in San Lorenzo, Florence.

The Trojan priest Laocoon warned “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts” when a giant wooden horse was discovered outside the walls of Troy. His warnings were ignored when Athena sent serpents to attack Laocoon and his sons, and the Trojans welcomed the ‘gift’ into their city.

This ancient sculpture was discovered in Rome in the early 1500s, and it is now one of the cornerstones of the Vatican's collection. Copies and plaster casts can be found all over the world.

A stunning plaster cast of the Venus de Milo (original at the Louvre)

The Springfield Museums surround the Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden. The back of the Springfield Library is in the background.

Brian made a friend at the D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

A view into a few of the rooms at the D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

The museum had a special exhibit by an artist who creates spectacular sculptures using Legos. Yes, really. It's all Legos.

Legos :)

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