Belvedere

Fountains, Geysers, Volcanoes, oh my!

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The other day day I visited the Belvedere Palace.  In the back garden there was a fountain that was made to look like a geyser shooting out of volcanic rock.  This was so lovely.  Why don't I see this more?

I have pictures without these people in it, but where is the fun in that?

I have pictures without these people in it, but where is the fun in that?

I kept walking and stumbled on the Hochstrahlbrunnen Fountain.  They were going for a similar effect, but it didn't work.  The center part was clearly a ring of stones, and the small outer jets stuck out of their stone clusters too far.  

So after seeing something I loved, I was immediately shown how it could go wrong.   

 

Faux Beaux-Art

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This past weekend I visited the Belvedere Palace Art Museum in Vienna, Austria.  

When I visit museums, I keep myself entertained by writing down all my favorite piece.  Then I go home and scour the internet for for JEPGs.  

When I was searching for a JPEG of  Freidrich von Amerling's Rudolf von Arthaber with his Children, I uncovered an image of the below living room.  This image took me to FineArt-China, a site where you can buy faux paintings (and even get yourself painted into them).

My gut instinct is to resist all things faux, but then I started looking at that living room and thinking about how I will never-ever-no-way-in-hell own an authentic old master panting, and my resolve started slipping.  Maybe it's okay to go faux if it is over the top.   

 

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I started poking around the site, and stumbled upon Louis XIV, and then I was SOLD!!!!!

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This is a the "place holder" poster I have had in my home for eight years.  It's time for an upgrade!

This is a the "place holder" poster I have had in my home for eight years.  It's time for an upgrade!

I kept messing about in the Old Masters section, and found many other works I would consider owner.  Here are just a few: 

Turner - Burning the House of Parliaments  

Turner - Burning the House of Parliaments  

Cabanel - The Birth of Venus

Cabanel - The Birth of Venus

John Singer Sargent - Madame X

John Singer Sargent - Madame X

Renoir - La Loge

Renoir - La Loge

Caravaggio - Bacchus

Caravaggio - Bacchus

Jacques-Louis David - Napoleon Crossing Saint Bernard

Jacques-Louis David - Napoleon Crossing Saint Bernard

Ingres

Ingres

Dega

Dega