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If you could own one painting that you’ve seen in Europe, what would it be?

If you could own one painting that you’ve seen in Europe, what would it be?

Feb 8th, 2006, 06:51 AM
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If you could own one painting that you’ve seen in Europe, what would it be?

Why this particular painting? Why does it move you?
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Feb 8th, 2006, 06:53 AM
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"The Syndics of the Draper's Guild"..don't ask "why?"..just because it IS.
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Feb 8th, 2006, 06:56 AM
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This question is easy and hard at the same time but, I think "The Birth of Venus" When I saw it two years ago it was as wonderful in person, in fact more so than I had imagined. It puts woman in such a special space. The colors are beautiful and the sea, etc great colors. I do not have the words to express myself. I always wanted a lovely grand bath with this painting above the bath!
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Feb 8th, 2006, 07:03 AM
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The MONA LISA without a doubt!
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Feb 8th, 2006, 07:05 AM
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Am I allowed to sell it?
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Feb 8th, 2006, 07:09 AM
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Hey, I was talking passion here, not profit!
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Feb 8th, 2006, 07:25 AM
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There are a few Monet waterlilly paintings at the Marmottan that would find a warm welcome in my home
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Feb 8th, 2006, 07:25 AM
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Some have a passion for profit.

Anyway: Senecio by Paul Klee, because I like it.
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Feb 8th, 2006, 07:30 AM
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Vermeer's Milkmaid, because of the light and the serenity of it, though I know there's a lot more to the iconography. We had a reproduction of it in my primary school and it's been in my imagination ever since.
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Feb 8th, 2006, 07:49 AM
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Any of the Turners at the Tate in London.
If you know Turner, you probably can guess why
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Feb 8th, 2006, 07:53 AM
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I also want one of the waterlily Monet paintings. Since Michel_Paris posted first, he can choose first and then I get to pick.
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Feb 8th, 2006, 08:00 AM
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The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch (at the Prado).
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Feb 8th, 2006, 08:28 AM
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Giotto's "starry ceiling". It's actually a fresco, not a painting, but I love it
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Feb 8th, 2006, 08:29 AM
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I'll take the Bosch too, but can I also have a piece of sculpture? In that case, I really, really would like the Winged Victory.
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Feb 8th, 2006, 08:30 AM
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If my house was big enough, I wouldn't mind sharing it with the David!
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Feb 8th, 2006, 08:38 AM
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OK, I could put the Monet that Poohgirl didn't pick on one wall, and maybe on a sidetable: from the Rodin museum the Camille Claudel head of a girl that I thought was amazing.
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Feb 8th, 2006, 08:45 AM
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Then I will go with Michel and pick up The Wave by Camille Claudel that sits in the Rodin waiting for me
I would not mind the statue called An Angels Kiss from the D'Orsay also..or am I being greedy
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Feb 8th, 2006, 09:07 AM
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"The chocolate girl" (Schokoladenmädchen) by Jean Etienne Liotard. Ok, it is a pastel, not a painting, so I have a second:
Vermeer's "Girl by the open window reading a letter".
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Feb 8th, 2006, 09:17 AM
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I love Van Gogh because of the vibrant colors and brush strokes - his paintins just thrill me. My favorite is the Starry Night (cliche, I know) but that's in New York so it doesn't count. For Europe, I'd say the "Cottages" painting by Van Gogh in the d'Orsay.

And a close second for me is the Adoration of the Magi in the Uffizi. I would love to be able to stare at that painting and see Leonardo's genius "in progress."
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