Monday, December 22, 2008

My World Tuesday




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The LuEsther T. Mertz Library
New York Botanical Gardens, Bronx, NY
Beaux Arts style
1900

Several weeks ago we went to this beautifully appointed library to see "The Chrysanthemum in Japanese Art" an exhibition housed there until January 11, 2009.

Beaux Arts architecture denotes the academic neoclassical architectural style that was taught at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. The style "Beaux Arts" is above all the cumulative product of two and a half centuries of instruction under the authority, first of the Académie royale d'architecture, then, following the Revolution, of the Architecture section of the Académie des Beaux-Arts.

The Beaux-Arts style heavily influenced US architecture in the period 1885–1920. Other European architects of the period 1860–1914 tended to gravitate towards their own national academic centers rather than fixating on Paris.

Beaux-Arts architecture depended on sculptural decoration along conservative modern lines, employing French and Italian Baroque and Rococo formulas combined with an impressionistic finish and realism.

Thanks so much to the My World Tuesday team for this meme :
Klaus, Ivar, Wren, Fishing Guy & Louise

Don't forget to go over and visit!

maryt/theteach

17 comments:

Jan said...

Great photos. I love this building. Bet the exhibit was great, too.

babooshka said...

It is a wonderful building with an exhibition I would have enjoyed immensely.

fishing guy said...

Mary: What a neat looking library especially with the fine looking fountain in front.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

I love a good day at the museum, or at an interesting architectural site. But those days can be surprisingly exhausting too.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

What stunning piccies, I never saw this building when I was in NY, more is the pity. Merry Christmas.

SandyCarlson said...

Damn, I love New York and I especially love it when you send it our way via your blog!

Jack and Joann said...

I love museums and that's a beautiful one. By the way did you know that in NJ there is a winery with your last name. Interesting.

imac said...

Beautiful Mary, We saw some Japanese Art in Perth Art Gallery up in Scotland, it was so colourful and pretty.

tr3nta said...

I which you a Merry Xmas and a Happy new Year... and keep on with your great blog.

Mojo said...

Nobody's asked if LuEsther was related to Fred and Ethel yet?

Amazing!

These might work well in sepia... you should've saved them!

Wren said...

I keep meaning to get to the gardens when I'm in New York. Someday I will, especially now that I've seen your photos of the architecture.

Sylvia K said...

Mary, thanks for great photos of a beautiful building. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Enjoy!

Powell River Books said...

Beautiful architecture. We have historical buildings, but nothing of that magnitude. I invite you to come visit my post about Powell River and see some of the sites we have to offer. -- Margy

Lawstude said...

very nice piece of architecture. anyways, have a blessed christmas to you and your love ones... from my islands to yours.

The Good Life in Virginia said...

a beautiful building and most informative post and the pictures were perfect.
happy holidays from botetourt county virginia!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

What a nice looking library! One thing I like about cities is all the cultural events you can get to easily. MOst of the time I prefer thee country but when I hear about such art exhibits I dream of a part-time city life. ;-)

Lew said...

I love these grand old buildings that are found in our cities. Great post!

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