Last Friday, a few Nasher Museum staffers took a field trip to the “Rembrandt in America” show at the N.C. Museum of Art and followed senior curator Sarah Schroth around. We loved listening to her talk about the line of a jaw, the thickness of paint, the black-on-black style that shows off Rembrandt’s ability to paint fabrics and textures. Sarah brought us to one of her favorite paintings, “Lucretia,” (pictured above) a young woman depicted moments after she has plunged a dagger into her heart.
“Look at that sleeve!” Sarah said. “I mean, is that perfection, or what?”
By Wendy I saw the same North Carolina Symphony performance twice last week. Not something I normally do. Both times, I had the weird sensation that composer Stephen Jaffe wrote his commissioned piece “Cithera mea (Evocations)” just for me. His music was inspired by “El Greco to Velázquez,” a project that has [...]
By Wendy As Hurricane Hanna loomed on Friday night, I ignored the weather warnings along with about 40 other people to check out my first wine tasting class at Wine Authorities. Wine Authorities has been open for a year in Durham and is now famous for the “Enomatic” wine dispenser and [...]
By Wendy Hower Livingston Maybe because I am a big fan of Klinger on the old TV show M*A*S*H (whose home town is Toledo, Ohio), I expected the medieval town of Toledo, Spain, to be similarly urban and gritty. Not so. This is the town where El Greco lived, high [...]
On Sunday, May 25, a crew from UNC-TV will arrive in Spain to begin filming a 30-minute documentary about the upcoming exhibition, “El Greco to Velázquez: Art during the Reign of Philip III.” The idea is to follow the footsteps of Sarah Schroth, the Nancy Hanks Senior Curator at the [...]