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A Visit To Toledo’s Museum Of Fine Arts

Portrait of Helen Sears, Abbot Thayer

Portrait of Helen Sears, Abbot Thayer

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

Church Mural Re-Creation: Felix Lieftuchter, St. Aloysius, Bowling Green, Ohio

Mostly completed recreation  of ceiling elements.

Mostly completed recreation of ceiling elements.

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 Lieftuchter, Muralist, Biography

The Cathedral of the Madeleine is a Roman Catholic church in Salt Lake City, Utah

Murals by Felix Lieftuchter in The Cathedral of the Madeleine , Salt Lake City, Utah

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.

Education

He studied with Frank  Duveneck and also at the Akademie der Bildende Kunst in Munich, Germany with Karl Von Marr  and/or Franz von Stuck.

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Painting in Rome's historic center with Giovanni Ragone and Marco Carloni.

Meeting Other Landscape Painters or Sketchers When You Travel

painting in rome's historic center with Giovanni Ragone and Marco Carloni.

Painting in Rome’s historic center with Giovanni Ragone and Marco Carloni.

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

Frescoes and Mosaics at the Palazzo Massimo in Rome

Fresco detail  at the Palazzo Massimo,Rome. #1

Fresco detail at the Palazzo Massimo,Rome. #1

Short shrift.

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.

At the Palazzo Massimo, Rome.

At the Palazzo Massimo, Rome.

It’s part of the  Museo Nazionale Romano (National Roman Museum) which includes two other sites Continue reading

The Pope is right above the little white triangle

Vatican Easter Message 2013

San Pietro, Roma, Easter 2013

San Pietro, Roma, Easter 2013

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