While I have been working in The Toledo area, I visited the Toledo Museum of Fine Arts several times. Located in Toledo’s Old West End,a crumbling and beautiful historic neighborhood, the museum surprises with a well curated and friendly atmosphere. They have a great collection of historic paintings as well as a modern building with a seemingly very thorough glass exhibit. Here are some of my favorites. well worth a trip if you are in the area. Continue reading
In Early 2014 I had the privilege to be called up to work on the recreation of a church mural at St. Aloysius church in Bowling Green, Ohio, The muralist is Felix Lieftuchter (b. Cincinnati, OH. 1883). My job is as an in-painter, which is generally the only thing I do on these restoration projects. An in-painter is the person who paints in the areas of lost paint. Continue reading
Felix Bernard Lieftuchter was an artist who was born in Cincinnati in on Oct. 29, 1882. He produced at least six major church decorations, worked with mosaics and engaged in portraiture.
By far the best part of my trip to Italy to paint and learn about the culture, has been the local painters and fellow artists I met here.
How did I find them? Continue reading
That’s what describes what Palazzo Massimo (Palazzo Massimo alle Terme) gets from tourists (and probably most Romans). And it’s to bad because it’s a wonderful collection.What was especially interesting to me were the fresco cycles from excavated roman buildings spanning the years of about 200 B.C. to 400 A.D.
They were just stunning and were of special interest to me because I have worked a bit with restoring wall paintings. Those are on the 2nd floor with the ground floor and 1st floor being given over to a large collection of ancient sculpture. In the basement is a numismatic and jewelry exhibit. This Museum is practically across the street from Termini, the main train station in Rome.
It’s part of the Museo Nazionale Romano (National Roman Museum) which includes two other sites Continue reading
This past Easter Sunday I attended the Urbi et Orbi (to the city and to the world) Easter message from the brand new Pope Francis. I’m staying quite close to the Vatican, so I had to go. It was crowded, apparently a quarter million people, but it felt very special to be there, despite that I could not understand the language. Continue reading