CA -- San Diego -- Balboa Park -- San Diego Museum of Art -- Exhibit: Backs:
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Wikipedia Description: San Diego Museum of Art
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The San Diego Museum of Art opened as the Museum of Fine Arts on February 28, 1926. The funders turned over ownership of the building to the City of San Diego. It is located in Balboa Park. The museum building was designed by architect William Templeton Johnson.
The Museum's collections are encyclopedic in nature, with pieces ranging in date from 5,000 B.C. to 2001 A.D. The museum's strength is in Spanish works by Murillo, Zurbarán, Ribera and El Greco.
There is a small eclectic Asian art gallery, a couple Impressionist era paintings, some Georgia O'Keefes (although these are not always on display) and a number of interesting modern pieces.
Additionally, they have works by Italian masters Giorgione, Giotto, Veronese, Luini and Canaletto. Works by Rubens, Hals and van Dyck represent the Northern European School.
The museum regularly hosts touring exhibits and has lately been working to display its standard collection in new ways (including an upstairs gallery discussing information which can be gathered by looking on the back of the canvas).
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SDMABA_060719_04.JPG: This was an odd display. It was called "Backs". The sign says:
It is natural that the face of a painting should get all of the attention. Paintings do represent, after all, myriad expressions of humanity; its triumphs and tragedies, its hopes and ideas, and its great stories and personages. The faces of paintings allow or the exploration of society, culture, aesthetics, and even technology. But what about the backs of paintings?
Physical traces of a painting's history are often lost through the passage of time, but careful examination of the backs of paintings can yield significant information. It can provide details about its condition and construction; in turn, this can inform decisions about a painting's age and place of execution. Labels, inscriptions, and other marking on the reverse side of the canvas (or panel) can divulge details of a painting's history of attribution, exhibition, ownership and sale. These five paintings from the SDMA collection have been installed with their backs visible, thereby revealing their hidden side.
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2006 photos: Equipment this year: I was using all six Fuji cameras at various times -- an S602Zoom, two S7000s,a S5200, an S9000, and an S9100. The majority of pictures this year were taken with the S9000. I have to say, the S7000s was the best camera I've used up to this point..
Trips this year: Florida (two separate trips including Lotusphere and taking care of mom), three weeks out west (including Yellowstone), Williamsburg, San Diego (comic book convention), and Georgia.
Number of photos taken this year: 183,000.