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Cultural Cocktail Hour Photography: The Venice Canals…

Cultural Cocktail Hour Photography: The Venice Canals..

All Photography © 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Cultural Cocktail Hour photography from Venice: St. Mark’s Square

Cultural Cocktail Hour photography from Venice: St. Mark’s Square
All Photography © 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Cultural Cocktail Hour Photography: The Windows of Venice…

Cultural Cocktail Hour Photography: The Windows of Venice…

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Video: Cultural Cocktail Hour welcomes you to Venice!

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Cultural Cocktail Hour reports from Paris: Da Vinci’s Saint Anne at the Louvre

 

The Louvre’s Saint Anne, Leonardo da Vinci’s Ultimate Masterpiece

ending June 25th

by Leticia Marie Sanchez

For those in Paris, hie thee quickly to see Leonardo Da Vinci’s Ultimate masterpiece, Saint Anne as the temporary exhibit ends June  25. 

Walking through the exhibit is akin to a stroll in Da Vinci’s workshop. An undeniable highlight of the exhibit is the abundance of sketches of the Virgin and Saint Anne that line the walls.

The drawings provide us insight in the mind of the master and the subtle conceptual shifts before he achieved his final result. The Louvre’s exhibit informs us of a Freudian psychoanalytic detail. Born out of wedlock and raised by his father’s new wife, Da Vinci experienced a childhood of two mothers, which could be subconsciously manifested through the dual mother figures of the Virgin and St. Anne

Da Vinci Code-breakers and mystery-minded souls will enjoy exploring the cryptic drawings recently discovered on the back of the painting.  In 2008, Louvre curator Sylvan La Reissiere used infrared photography to reveal the presence of three drawings: a head of horse, a skull, and a child with a lamb.  

Thanks to a massive 2011 Restoration (composed of an international scientific committee of sixteen specialists), the original colors of Da Vinci’s painting have been revealed, including the translucent mauve on St. Anne’s sleeve and the dazzling Lapus Lazuli of the Virgin’s mantle. After the excessive varnish was removed, one can see the delicate shades of light and dark and Da Vinci’s Sfumato technique which rendered the faces of St. Anne and the Virgin sweetly enigmatic.

 

Finally, the Saint Anne exhibit provides enriching context and evidence of Da Vinci’s lasting influence on the art world.

During the nineteenth century, the Louvre was a forest of easels in which painters like Edgar Degas, Odilon Redon, and Eugène Delacroix would sit with their paintbrushes, studying and copying Da Vinci’s masterpieces.

Left: Odilon Redon, Homage to Leonardo Da Vinci, 1908

 

 

 

 

One of the most delightful parallels in the comprehensive exhibit:

Bernadino Luini’s Infant Jesus with the Lamb (1500-1524)

 

 

 

That is one little charmer you will not want to miss.

 

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Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, 2012: April showers bring May flowers

Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, Spring 2012

by Leticia Marie Sanchez

All Photography and text © 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Tempests at the Tuileries, Paris, 2012

Tempest at the Tuilieries

by Leticia Marie Sanchez

All Photography and text © 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez


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Cultural Cocktail Hour in Paris: Nocturnal Louvre

Nocturnal Louvre

by Leticia Marie Sanchez

All Photography and text © 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez


 

 

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Cultural Cocktail Hour and the European arts scene- will be away in Europe this May

 

Cultural Cocktail Hour will be in Paris and Venice this month, reporting on the European arts scene.

Please check back on this site in June for reviews and photography!

In the meantime, please take the time to explore the different existing categories on Cultural Cocktail Hour, including my favorite, “Artistic Anecdotes”

Happy Spring,  everyone!

Leticia Marie Sanchez

Editor-in-Chief

Cultural Cocktail Hour

p.s. this month is Opera Month in Los Angeles- please enjoy one of the many opera offerings (see below)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May is Opera Month in LA

May is Opera Month in Los Angeles

From the traditional to the avant-garde

The operas playing in Southern California include:

LA Opera’s Herb Ross production of La Bohème

opening May 12

starring Stephen Costello and Ailyn Perez

Conducted by Patrick Summers

LA Opera. 135 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 972-8001

For full schedule, please visit

http://www.laopera.com

The Los Angeles Philharmonic presents Mozart’s Don Giovanni,

the first part of the epic three-year Mozart/Da Ponte Trilogy

May 18 to 26

Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Conducted by Gustavo Dudamel

Starring baritone Mariusz Kwiecien

Costumes by Rodarte designers Kate & Laura Mulleavy

Stage design by Walt Disney Concert Hall architect Frank Gehry.

111 South Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012. 323.850.2000

www.LAPhil.com

The Long Beach Opera presents

West coast premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar

with libretto by David Henry Hwang.

May 19 and 26

Based on the life of Spanish playwright and poet

Federico Garcia Lorca.

For more information call 562.432.5934

or visit

www.LongBeachOpera.org

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