Wednesday, 7 August 2013

A Day in Oxford

I've always like visiting Oxford. So many inspiring sights to see!
Come along with me as I show you what caught my eye. :)

I do like a nice doorway and this one has exceptional decoration don't you think?

Such beautifully kept gardens in the colleges. I like that lamp!

Now step inside the Ashmoleon with me as I show you some treats...

This is a close-up of the right hand side of the painting, 'The Triumph of Chastity'. If you like, you can see the whole painting here

and below is a close-up of the left hand side of the painting. I love the way the mane of the unicorns are painted, so wavy :)

I do like the shape of this ship! Below are the details of this painting.

This one is St Michael Subduing Satan and Weighing the Souls of the Dead and is attributed to the artist Lelio Orsi 1508/11 - 1587. Bit of a gruesome image but fascinating detail. Lovely frame too!

I love the unusual frame of this one and her very expressive hands. Below you can read the details about the image.

So now on to the Preraphaelite gallery!...

The clarity of this one is stunning. The photo doesn't do it justice so you'll have to take my word for it!

Such beautiful light and colour in this painting, 'Convent Thoughts'. Below is a close-up photo of the nun's hand. Even the manuscript she's holding is painted in minute detail!

Again, I was struck by the brilliant detail and colours of this one. Here below you can see how exquisite the painting is in this close-up.

I'm afraid I had 'museum feet' and had to leave wanting to see more but that's a good thing isn't it? More to look forward to again one day! :)

Before I go, let me show you the Smurf hats I'm making...

Ok, they're not Smurf hats. Your guesses as to what they might be would be fun! ;)


rossichka said...

Hi! First about the "hats"... I suppose these are bodies of hens-toys. I just imagine them like that...
What about the Oxford tour - thank you for showing us the imposant buildings and these extraordinary paintings! Life is so short to see most of the things we would like to(incl.countries, towns, museums...), so posts like this one bring us joy and enrich us!xx

Martina said...

Dear Jess, thank you - it was wonderful to see these paintings - so full of magic. I adore the one with the unicorn! Would love to go there one day myself! Have a nice evening! xx

Ginny said...

Thank you so much for sharing your day in Oxford. I kept going back to the beginning of the blog and reading it again and again. Everything is so beautiful.

I was a chaperone for my son's soccer team many years ago. We saw all of Europe in ten days. (Need I say more)
We spent a very short amount of time in Oxford and I remember it so well. Not only did I enjoy your pictures but you brought back some wonderful memories. We still laugh about that trip and all of the adventures we had.

Introverted Art said...

I love Oxford. I studied there when I was in college in one of those exchange programs. I have to say that I probably did more beer drinking than studying but what an amazing place.

Attic Clutter said...

love the Oxford post (:) the flowers in the girls pocket picture if wonderful I agree (:) hugs..Patty

Rachel Gallagher said...

Such gorgeous paintings. I've been to a lot of pre-raphaelite exhibitions in London and one in Nottingham years ago but not Oxford. I'll definitely have to add that on to my list to visit.

It looks like you had a great time.

CJ said...

What beautiful photos. Such lovely treasures. I haven't been to Oxford to too long. I must go again soon I think.