This country is approximately 98% Christian. The majority of those 98% are of Eastern Orthodox denomination. Meaning, ikons are as much part of worship, as they are of daily life and, indeed, art.
I have a complicated – or maybe just complex – relationship with religion, but I figure whatever faith you are, you can still appreciate ikons as pure art form.
“I don’t know if I should cross myself, or not,” I said at the beginning of the display, mostly to myself.
“Some do. Others don’t,” the museum attendant said, mostly to just say something.
The Good Shepherd.
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The initial goal of my visit was to see the Christmas trees, as you may have figured. But hey, one ticket, full access.
Emil Childescu exhibition was the first one I saw. It’s in a small hall directly to the right from the entrance. I loved his sketch and pastel work more than oils, but oddly enough only took photographs of the oil on canvas and sculpture.
His area is portraiture.
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Yesterday I visited the National Museum of Fine Arts for the first time in ages to see the current exhibitions – amongst them this Christmas Tree one – and the permanent ones. This is the first part, with trees, and I’ll share the remaining two over the next couple of days.
The one in the front is made from local coins. They look like dragon scales to me, which I think is really cool.
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