Art Travel Guide

Art Travel Guide
Looking to travel to Paris, Rome or New York? Interested to learn about the art scene? Join us on a journey of artistic exploration in the great art capitols of the world.
Girl With Pearl Earring

The iconic Johannes Vermeer masterpiece “Girl with a Pearl Earring” is the focus of the new film “Girl with a Pearl Earring and Other Treasures from the Mauritshuis in The Hague”.Do not confuse this behind the scenes documentary look at one of the most notable art collections on the planet with the 2003 film starring Scarlet Johansson and Colin Firth. The soon-to-be released documentary is narrated by British actor Hugh Bonneville and features the Vermeer, along with other works of the period, showcased in the Hague's, Mauritshuis’s newly renovated space. Tracy Chevalier, the author of the novel that the fictional 2003 film was based on, discusses her research in the new documentary.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFCsH1zq0L8The Story behind "the Mona Lisa of the North"Vermeer is one of the most well-known and well-regarded Dutch artists. That said, he was relatively obscure during his lifetime. It wasn’t until the 19th century that the artist’s work came to the forefront of the art world. Unlike other painters, Vermeer didn’t create vast numbers of works. With a total of roughly 45 paintings total, only 36 of Vermeer’s pieces are known to contemporary art enthusiasts.Many of Vermeer’s works, such as “Girl With a Pearl Earring” focused on his...

Taking the train to Giverny, home of Claude Monet, just became even more fun. The SNCF rail network recently launched the “Impressionist train.” This upgrade to the traditional train cars makes the rail ride into Normandy a true artistic experience.Visiting the famous home of one of (if not the) most notable Impressionist artists is less than an hour trip from Paris by train. The newest edition to the Rouen line features an art theme that adds to the overall experience. Before ever stepping foot on the historic ground where Monet once painted masterworks such as Water Lilies, visitors are treated to a preview of what's to come.Previously, the railway network offered dressed-up service to Versailles. Instead of the typical neutral train décor, the Versailles carriers feature pictures of the famed chateau. The Giverny rail will be SNCF’s summer-time venture into the art world.The car interiors feature reproductions of some of Monet's most famous works, along with the art of his fellow Impressionist painters. Themes for the cars include local landscapes, gardens and water and Paris and industrialism. Additional photos from the Musee d’Orsay’s architecture also adorn the insides of the train cars. Upon arrival at Vernon, riders will...
Musee d'Orsay lift photo ban

Following suit with other major art institutions, the Musee d'Orsay lifted its ban on photography this spring. With roughly 3.5 million visitors in 2014 alone, the museum features a world class collection that includes some of the most well-known Impressionist paintings along with a range of sculptures, photographs and architectural drawings. Starting in 2009, the museum put a ban on all photography. While many other famed art institutions allow visitors to take pictures of their works, the museum held fast in its policy. That is until French Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin snapped a pic of a Pierre Bonnard canvas.Despite the tight photo policy that the museum held, the culture ministry’s charter on the subject is much more lax – recommending that visitors use their own common sense and don’t endanger any artworks in the process.How did the world discover Pellerin’s photos? The Culture Minister posted the pictures on Instagram, setting off a social media flurry. The Internet exploded with very public outcries, citing that Pellerin was given special consideration due to her position. In response, the Musee d’Orsay rebuffed the idea that museum photography is only for a select few and immediately dropped their previous ban.Superbe exposition Bonnard au...
Van Gogh - Self Portrait

2015 marks the 125th anniversary of Vincent Van Gogh's tragic death. The troubled painter, who was never recognized for his art during his lifetime, is the cornerstone of exhibitions, garden installations, tours and more throughout the year.Falling under the banner "125 years of inspiration," Van Gogh Europe features exhibitions in some of the most influential museums. One of the earliest Van Gogh exhibits of the year opened in December of 2014 and continues through March 18, 2015 at the Fondation Custodia in Paris. Titled Goltzius to Van Gogh, it features drawings and paintings from the P. and N. de Boer Foundation.Another exhibition which began January 25, 2015 is an exhibit at the BAM (Fine Arts Museum). 'Van Gogh in the Borinage, The Birth of an Artist' runs through May 17 in Mons, Belgium. With 70 of the artist's early paintings, the exhibit chronicles Van Gogh's life as he began to dedicate himself to painting.Oslo's Munch Museum will feature The Munch: Van Gogh from May 9th through September 6th. This large-scale exhibit includes more than 100 of the artist’s works, showcasing the influence that Van Gogh had on Munch. The exhibit moves on to the Van Gogh Museum from September...

Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina, part of the globally recognized Research Triangle Park, and home to the one-of-a-kind North Carolina Museum of Art. In 1947, the state issued $1 million for the museum to purchase art. State funding had never been granted to a museum before, garnering the budding museum nationwide focus.The NCMA features a permanent collection with artworks from periods spanning 5,000 years. This collection contains Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, Greek and Roman vase paintings, Egyptian funerary art, American art from the 18th to 20th centuries, international contemporary art, African art, ancient American art, European portraits, landscapes, and still-life works, more than 30 Rodin sculptures, and one of only two permanent installations of Jewish art in the US.The museum park is also unique because, at 164 acres, it is the largest museum park in the country. Several walking and bicycle trails lead visitors through the park to all of the outdoor art installations. Picnic tables and a dog-friendly atmosphere make this park a wonderful, cultural experience for all.Admission to the museum park and the permanent art collection is free, and the museum park is accessible to the public all day every day. Visitor parking is...
Carnegie Museum of Art

Pittsburgh may not exactly seem like an art mecca, but visitors to this Western Pennsylvania city will find international flare stateside at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Although it's known as the "Steel City", the museum that was founded by the steel magnate Andrew Carnegie is far from industrial. The first gallery opened its door in 1895. One year later the museum the first "Carnegie International" exhibit brought the art world to Pittsburgh. In the years since, the museum has become home to artworks that range from ancient antiquities to contemporary classics.Fine Arts CollectionThe Carnegie’s fine arts permanent collection includes works from America, Asia and Europe, prior to 1945. Located in the museum’s Scaife wing, this collection spills out over 12 individual galleries. Organized by time period, some of the most well-known world artists are featured in the fine arts collection.While the works on view do rotate occasionally, visitors will find paintings, sculptures and other types of works from notable artists such as Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Paul Cezanne.Contemporary ArtVisitors to the museum won't just find famous works from centuries ago. The Carnegie's extensive contemporary collection includes permanent pieces as well as new works from...
Art Travel Guide: Don't Leave Vienna without the Kiss

Vienna is a place of many wonders. It makes us feel like waltzing between operas, strudels and streets pouring with history and culture, and then, there is Gustav Klimt's the Kiss at the Belvedere.The eyes seem to have no rest from amazement at the Belvedere palace, from the Barouque grounds to the Grotesque Halls. Photos are not allowed inside gallery rooms. And whilst it may feel like there will be something missing on the way home, it also withdraws distractions that may hinder the full enjoyment of this magnificent palace.The Belvedere is only a tram ride away from the city center (D tram to Sudbahnhof). Once there, the luscious gardens with a view over Vienna would be just enough to make it a worthwhile visit. But knowing what the museum holds makes it a place not to miss if you are heading to Vienna. From Austrian art since the Middle Ages until the present day; to Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Munch, Kokoschka, Schielle and the largest Klimt collection in the world. This is all great to see, but one might argue that there are many great museums in Vienna, why head over to the Belvedere? The answer to that is sealed...
Vincent Van Gogh's Cafe Terrace

It was a clear night in September 1888, on a small southern village in France. A starry indigo sky contrasted with an immense yellow light from a boulangerie, casting light on the sidewalk and the paving stones on the road. Vincent Van Gogh - the Dutch in love with sunflowers and starry nights - had to interrupt his intense work to capture that moment. He painted on the spot, a night picture with nothing but light.This distraction happened in Arles, at the Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum. The result is one of the most famous Van Gogh’s paintings. A canvas where he perfected the idea of natural and artificial light through complementary contrasts, dabs of white and discrete pale green reflections.In a letter to one of his sisters, he describes a night painting without black; with nothing but blue, violet and green, along with pale yellow and citron green to express the light. “It amuses me enormously to paint the night right on the spot.” – he wrote – “(…) It is true that in the darkness I can take a blue for a green, a blue lilac for a pink lilac, since it is hard to...

Amsterdam, the city of creative culture and picturesque sights. Known for its liberal attitudes, canal rings and some of the finest museums in the world. One of them, the Van Gogh Museum, a venue that attracts 1.6 million visitors every year.It is a beautiful complex facing the Paulus Potterstraat and assembles two buildings - a main structure designed by Gerrit Rietveld and the Exhibition Wing designed by Kisho Kurokawa. A modern, light and airy architecture that brings a lovely contrast to the XVII century feel of the city. It looks like a proud statement for the most beloved artist among the Dutch – despite, unfortunately, the same love was not always felt or shown during his lifetime.There is enough Vincent van Gogh work on to fill up two stories and a couple of intense hours. It is the largest collection of the artist’s works, with more than 200 paintings as well as hundreds of drawings, letters and some personal belongings. For a more amplified immersion into his mind, the museum also displays a collection of Van Gogh's fellow painters, contemporaries and a source of inspiration to his work; as well as artists whom he inspired - From Monet and...
MY VISIT TO REMBRANDT’S HOUSE IN AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam is an amazing city, filled with history, beauty, flavor and off course art. There are many museums and artistic moments one can enjoy in the city that 400 years ago was one of the greatest empires in the world. However, no artist captures the spirit of the Amsterdam Golden Age then one, Rembrandt Van Rijn, an artistic genius that enjoyed great wealth and equally great despair, as a premier artist of the enlightened city of Amsterdam back in the early 1600's.This is why I decided to start my art museum tour of Amsterdam in the place where it all began -- In Rembrandt's House Museum. Rembrandt who lived from 1606 to 1669 lived and worked in a beautiful aristocratic three story house between 1639 and 1658. Walking through the many rooms of the house that is filled with famous works of art, his collections, and painting studio you step into the world of the artist as it was 400 years ago, back in the 17 century.Each room has a story and function, and using the interactive guide available you can listen to the story behind each room and art piece. This makes the tour fun and really...