Judith goes exploring (v)

27 Nov

Seems like upstate New York should be closer to NYC – but it’s not.  It’s more like part of Canada, eh?

Day 36:  So a flight to Toronto would be the best start on this leg.   Headed to the Gardiner Museum to view maiolica from Castel Durante.   This is the only museum in Canada devoted exclusively to ceramic art, so I hope to leave my klutzy-self in the states.

Mon – Thurs: 10 am – 6 pm;  Fri:  10 am – 9 pm;   Sat-Sun10 am – 5 pm

Then renting a car will mean a 2 hour drive to Buffalo – unless they frisk me at the border.

Day 37:   Buffalo is the home of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, full of contemporary art.   I hope to be able to locate Meri Grube, creator of the crotched Judith.   I mean crocheted.  Damn that autocorrect!

Mon – closed;  Tues-Sun10 am – 5 pm

Another one and a half hours in the car will bring me to Rochester, to the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester that houses Solimena‘s The Triumph of Judith.    Also Monet, Cézanne, Matisse, Homer, Cassatt and Picasso’s Flowers in a Blue Vase  –  stolen during a busy Sunday afternoon in 1978 – and mysterious returned a few weeks later.  Makes you go hmmmm.

Mon-Tues: closed;  Wed-Sun11 am – 5 pm;   Thurs:  11 am – 9 pm

One more hour and a half of driving lands me on Syracuse for an early morning start …

Day 38: … at the Syracuse University Art Galleries (aka SUArt) where I can behold a Cranach.   I can also spend a reflective moment at the memorial wall to the 35 Syracuse students killed by a terrorist bomb on Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988.   They would be in their mid-forties this year …

Mon – closed;  Tues-Sun: 11 am – 4:30 pm;  Thurs:  11 am – 8 pm

Back in the car for a 4 and a half hour drive into French-speaking Quebec and …

Day 39:    … Montreal.   which is kind of like going to Europe for non-adventurous Yanks.   And the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal.    As I practice my limited Francais, I can ponder the largest art theft in Canadian history – worth $11 million today – that has never been recovered.    At least they left Mantegna‘s Judith with Her Maidservant Abra.    

Mon – closed;  Tues: 11 am – 5 pm;  Wed-Fri:  11 am – 9 pm;   Sat-Sun10 am – 5 pm

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Posted by on November 27, 2011 in Exploring


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One response to “Judith goes exploring (v)

  1. Meri Grube

    April 20, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Sorry we didn’t get to meet on Day 37 of your journey. Perhaps another time!
    Meri Grube


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