Hello everyone. I've just come back from an overnight stay in a Melbourne city hotel to celebrate our 27th wedding anniversary. 27 YEARS! I really don't know where the time has gone. We started our celebration Friday evening by attending a concert by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and soprano Emma Matthews at the Melbourne Town Hall. The theme of the evening was music centred around Shakespeare classics and was most enjoyable. Our seats were high up at the back of the hall so we had a very good view of the orchestra. Hubby loves the timpani and in one piece of music they had two timpanists performing which made him very happy.
|The view from our seats. I apologise for the quality of this photo as it was taken on my phone in low light.|
This morning after a yummy breakfast at our hotel we made our way to the National Gallery of Victoria. We were interested in viewing the European paintings on permanent display and an Asian art exhibition. Before we viewed the artworks, we first experienced the Hyper-Natural: A sensory spring garden. (The garden is a part of and adjacent to the gallery.) The link gives an excellent description. All I can say it that it was beautiful experience. We walked around the garden amongst mist that came from pipes and at the different stands, were able to smell synthetic and natural products that go into scent design which seems to be a rather complicated chemical process.
In some respects, the garden had an almost Japanese feel to it. Visually it was very peaceful with some rather interesting sculptures enhancing the overall appearance. Although you can see Melbourne CBD buildings in the background, it didn't detract from the garden in any way. In combination with the negative ions from the mist, it was a beautiful experience.
In the foyer area of the National Gallery were these brightly coloured bear sculptures in different poses. The exterior of the bear was covered in synthetic feathers so it was impossible to see how they were constructed. Many Asian tourists were having fun posing with the bears, trying to replicate the poses and having their photos taken.
Besides viewing the Asian exhibits and the European paintings on permanent display, there was one painting in particular I wanted to view again. In my early days of living in Melbourne, I use to visit the Gallery frequently on a Sunday afternoon just to sit and be still among the paintings. It was this one painting below though that had me amazed and coming back time and again to view it.
|The Banquet of Cleopatra, by Giambattista Tiepolo [1696-1770]. The painting shows Cleopatra a wager with Marc Anthony that her banquet would be more lavish ...|
The size of the painting is huge and you can read details about it here. Nearly one whole wall is dedicated to it's display. It truly is an amazing piece of art, the detailing is incredible.
There were a couple of other paintings of interest to me among the many on display. This one by Picasso, Weeping Woman.
I'm not particularly enamoured by the painting above, but rather curious as to why Picasso went from painting like these painting shown below to the Weeping Woman above. Quite a contrast.
|Picasso's portrait of his mother.|
|The Old Fisherman - Picasso.|
|Science and Charity - Picasso.|
This painting below is the work of Paul Cezanne an artist whose style I admire.
After viewing the exhibitions, we went outside and enjoyed a coffee in the lovely spring sunshine followed by a stroll in another small section of garden with this beautiful sculpture.
|Dragonfly by Tom Merrifield 1988|
Soon after this we headed off to look for lunch and found this lovely little cafe, Caffe E Torta in the Royal Arcade, just perfect for us. A chicken and salad baguette and glass of bubbly never tasted so good.
|Source, Google images.|
So there ends our celebratory sojourn into the city.
If you've laboured through this post to the end, thank you.