December 30, 2011
War is hell, but it seems beautiful in the textiles hanging on the walls of Washington's National Gallery of Art in the exhibit "The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries. " Celebrating that Portuguese Catholic king's victory over a Muslim army in North Africa in 1471, they're a gloriously woven testament to his military might. "The tapestries are a political statement about the power of the king, but they're also an expression of the Portuguese people," said Nino Brito, Portuguese ambassador to the United States, at the media unveiling of this temporary exhibit.
December 29, 2011
Hershey, Pa. The Spa at the Hotel Hershey Enjoy a spa day at the "sweetest place on Earth. " Throughout January, the Spa at the Hotel Hershey will be offering its guests the "Champagne Celebration. " The two-hour treatment includes citrus oils and a blend of champagne grapes to renew and soften the skin. The package also includes a Champagne Soak, Mimosa Champagne Scrub, Mimosa Champagne Body Wrap and complimentary glass of champagne. Guests can also enjoy a special menu of champagnes.
March 6, 2011
Rome wasn't built in a day, so Washington has given Italy five months. La Dolce D.C. is a celebration of all things Italian with arts, architecture, culture and food, running March through July. Honoring the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, La Dolce gives visitors and locals a taste of international culture through exhibitions, performances, fashion, music and of course delectable Italian meals. Whether you're stopping by for a day or planning a romantic getaway, there's an itinerary for everybody.
May 14, 2008
Robert Rauschenberg, the multifaceted artist who pioneered a new sense of openness and unlimited possibility in American painting, sculpture, photography and printmaking, died Monday at his home in Captiva Island, Fla. He was 82. Mr. Rauschenberg was an artistic polymath whose interests spanned the visual arts, music and dance. He was most famous for transforming ordinary objects such as bedsheets, newspaper scraps and stuffed animals into mischievously ingenious creations that defied conventional notions of what artworks should be. "He had an extraordinary understanding of the potential of everyday objects to redefine the art of today," said Darcie Alexander, senior curator of contemporary art at the Baltimore Museum of Art. "It's almost impossible to trace the legacy of someone like Rauschenberg, whose presence is still being felt in the work of artists today."
March 1, 2008
The National Gallery in Washington opens a new exhibit tomorrow titled In the Forest of Fontainebleau: Painters and Photographers From Corot to Monet. The show, which runs through June 8, is a declaration of love - the love of artists for place. "The forest of Fontainebleau was both sanctuary and subject," National Gallery curator Kimberly Jones says, describing a huge patch of woodlands just south of Paris that inspired several generations of landscape artists and spawned multiple artist colonies of kindred souls.
February 27, 2008
Philanthropist Robert E. Meyerhoff built seven galleries in a house with windows overlooking grazing horses on his northern Baltimore County farm to display a postmodern art collection that experts call one of the world's finest. Now he wants to give the public a chance to see the works by artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Jasper Johns by opening a museum in the rural setting. "We don't want it in storage," Meyerhoff said of the collection, after a Baltimore County Council meeting yesterday during which lawmakers discussed a measure that would allow the museum to operate in an area designated for agriculture.