Friday, July 27, 2007

The Kelvin Museum and Burrell Collection

In our first few days in Glascow we stopped by the Kelvin Museum and the Burrell Collection. In my opinion these were the finest of the many museums we stopped at along the way. So, before I continue on with the report from our trip I thought I would spend a little more time here. One of the most enjoyable parts, was that we could touch most of the exhibbits and there were alot of interactive parts for small children, that Winn and I of course tried out!
The museum itself was a massive work of art, and inside was my first good look at an organ. Huge!
I really enjoyed the armor room. One of the highlights of the entire trip to me was getting to see all the armor that we've talked about, and actually knowing what kind of weapon made the mark that was left on the sheilds and breastplates. Something I actually liked alot were the sculptures. They really are very danity and expressive, and to think they were just a big piece of rock. This one is "Motherless" done about 1889 by George Lawson, it is suppose to be a father holding a daughter, who lost her mother in a plague. It's suppose to be one of the favorites at Kelvingrove, but I was the only one there that day.
This is another one that I especially liked. It is "Modesty" done about 1866 by Glosue Argenti. Her downward look and cloth covering her bossom is suppose to be modest. The painting is "Balmoral, Autumn" and was painted in 1896. This is of the area of the Scottish Highlands that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert made famous, after they bought Balmoral Castle as a retreat.
This one was just very cool lighting of Winn filming a chapel scene. One thing I found very interesting on the whole trip is the different ways that people have understood God and worshipped him. Remarkable things can be learned by looking at wording and designs on headstones, art reflecting Jesus, and styles in building churches. The remaining pictures are at the Burrell Collection. This one is of "The Thinker" we decided that he was pondering how to get an A in Burton's class...
We were even amazed at the detail in the ceiling. This place was amazing. They had a great deal of stained glass which I also thought was beautiful.
The three areas that the Burrell Collection concentrates in are 1600s furniture, stained glass, and tapestry. The top is to try to give you the size of these pieces. Some of these took decades to produce. Imagine that you are doing all of this by hand in winter, by firelight. Now look at the detail in the woman's face below. Simply amazing. Just as a side note, this figures are close to 4 feet apiece.
This photo is an upclose of another tapestry. It's a German piece, from the 16th century. It has 34 scenes from the Old and New Testament, from God making the heavens and the earths to the birth of Christ. We had alot of fun trying to fiqure out all of the scenes. This one is of Jonah being vomitted up on dry land. I had to take it after Brother Ronald had preached so much about him back in April. Besides we decided it looked more like Nessy and less like a whale. Finally this is some handmade 16th century furniture. I was impressed!

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