I had a great time in New York City – I saw people, ate good food, bought new glasses frames, went to the Met over and over again (that handy out of town membership pays off), and drew a lot. Here are two pages of eyes, with bleed-through from a previous page. Drawing is a great way to study things closely – I wish I had more discipline.
The Mourners and the Belles Heures at the Met were well worth the trip. The Mourners, alabaster figures from the tomb of John the Fearless, Duke of Burgandy, and his wife Margaret of Bavaria, are notionally walking in a funeral procession. They were arranged in double-file in one of the medieval galleries leading to the Lehman Pavilion and the Belles Heures show. They were spectacular examples of late Gothic naturalism – highly detailed figure studies, swathed in heavy cloth. There was enough color left on them to imagine them once being even more vivid.
The Belles Heures de Jean de France, duc de Berry show was overwhelming. FAR too much to take in. I visited on three successive days and still didn’t really do it justice. The Limbourg Brothers were even better than I thought. More about that later.