PASTELS PORTRAITS – SO SELDOM SEEN

When my mother got permission to see the 18th-century pastels in the Zwinger Museum in Dresden, the curator walked her through the public galleries to a set of locked doors.  Behind them, out of sight of museum visitors, hung the first Rosalba Carriera pastels I had ever seen.  Did I fall in love with the … Continue reading PASTELS PORTRAITS – SO SELDOM SEEN

SACRED RITUALS — SECULAR SPACE

Museums just love sand mandalas --  and every time I see Tibetan monks streaming brightly colored sand into intricate patterns surrounded by people like me snapping photographs I wonder: what are they doing here? Part of me feels strongly that, if a public museum is going to host a Tibetan Buddhist ritual, then it should … Continue reading SACRED RITUALS — SECULAR SPACE