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Highlights from LA's Iconic Getty Center, pt 2

The $1.3 billion Getty Center opened in 1997 (after taking 14 yrs) on 110 acres high above the Brentwood section of LA; 2  million people visit annually making it one of the country's most attended museums

The $1.3 billion Getty Center opened in 1997 (after taking 14 yrs) on 110 acres high above the Brentwood section of LA; 2+ million people visit annually making it one of the country's most attended museums

Personnage, Joan Miro, 1976 and (background) Bronze Form, Henry Moore, 1985; the Getty has a couple of sculpture gardens that are pleasant spaces but the sculptures seem rather bland

Personnage, Joan Miro, 1976 and (background) Bronze Form, Henry Moore, 1985; the Getty has a couple of sculpture gardens that are pleasant spaces but the sculptures seem rather bland

An Old Man in Military Costume, Rembrandt van Rijn, ca. 1630-31; as a young artist in Leiden, Rembrandt developed a specialty genre of character studies known as tronies; they frequently portray elderly men or young women dressed in fanciful costumes

An Old Man in Military Costume, Rembrandt van Rijn, ca. 1630-31; as a young artist in Leiden, Rembrandt developed a specialty genre of character studies known as tronies; they frequently portray elderly men or young women dressed in fanciful costumes

This showpiece cabinet, designed to resemble the facade of a Baroque church, was made around 1620 in Rome for Pope Paul V Borghese and was in the British Royal Collection until 1959, when it was sold along with the collection of Queen Mary

This showpiece cabinet, designed to resemble the facade of a Baroque church, was made around 1620 in Rome for Pope Paul V Borghese and was in the British Royal Collection until 1959, when it was sold along with the collection of Queen Mary

The Sermon on the Mount, Jan Brueghel the Elder, 1598; Brueghel's unmatched ability to minutely render facial features and costumes makes the crowd the focal point of the piece rather than Christ

The Sermon on the Mount, Jan Brueghel the Elder, 1598; Brueghel's unmatched ability to minutely render facial features and costumes makes the crowd the focal point of the piece rather than Christ

This architectural scene, circa 1650, by German Wilhelm Fistulator is an example of the striking illusionism made by scagliola, where a mixture of stucco, glue and pigments adhere to a gesso ground to resemble marble or other stone mosaics

This architectural scene, circa 1650, by German Wilhelm Fistulator is an example of the striking illusionism made by scagliola, where a mixture of stucco, glue and pigments adhere to a gesso ground to resemble marble or other stone mosaics

Flower Still Life, Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder, 1614; this artist specialized in recording the prized exotic flowers cultivated in Holland in the early 1600s; his delicate renderings profoundly influenced later Dutch artists

Flower Still Life, Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder, 1614; this artist specialized in recording the prized exotic flowers cultivated in Holland in the early 1600s; his delicate renderings profoundly influenced later Dutch artists

Rembrandt Laughing, Rembrandt van Rijn, ca. 1628; by the late 1620s, Rembrandt was enthusiastically producing small, single figure studies of intense emotional states with the aid of a mirror

Rembrandt Laughing, Rembrandt van Rijn, ca. 1628; by the late 1620s, Rembrandt was enthusiastically producing small, single figure studies of intense emotional states with the aid of a mirror

Seated Cardinal, Giacomo Manzu, 1975-77; from the 1930s to 1950s, Manzu produced 50  cardinals-standing   seated, large   small, in bronze, alabaster   marble; with 1 exception, the cardinals were all made without a model, their features entirely invented

Seated Cardinal, Giacomo Manzu, 1975-77; from the 1930s to 1950s, Manzu produced 50+ cardinals-standing + seated, large + small, in bronze, alabaster + marble; with 1 exception, the cardinals were all made without a model, their features entirely invented

A Hare in the Forest, Hans Hoffmann, ca. 1585; Hoffmann's hare is based on Dürer's famous and influential watercolor; at the time it was painted, this arrangement of nearly life-size subjects was entirely unique within the tradition of German nature study

A Hare in the Forest, Hans Hoffmann, ca. 1585; Hoffmann's hare is based on Dürer's famous and influential watercolor; at the time it was painted, this arrangement of nearly life-size subjects was entirely unique within the tradition of German nature study

This 1798 Neoclassical secretary was bought by King Frederick William III of Prussia; this piece originally housed a musical movement inside the base that played a tune when the clock struck the hour

This 1798 Neoclassical secretary was bought by King Frederick William III of Prussia; this piece originally housed a musical movement inside the base that played a tune when the clock struck the hour

The Grand Canal in Venice from Palazzo Flangini to Campo san Marcuola, Canaletto, ca. 1738; Canaletto was at the peak of his powers when he created this view of the sun-drenched palaces; imagine what it would have been like back then to visit Venice!

The Grand Canal in Venice from Palazzo Flangini to Campo san Marcuola, Canaletto, ca. 1738; Canaletto was at the peak of his powers when he created this view of the sun-drenched palaces; imagine what it would have been like back then to visit Venice!

Aubert Parent carved this relief from a single piece of Limewood in 1791 in response to the tumultuous events of the French Revolution;this work symbolizes the hope that a reformed and constitutional France could coexist with an enlightened King Louis XVI

Aubert Parent carved this relief from a single piece of Limewood in 1791 in response to the tumultuous events of the French Revolution;this work symbolizes the hope that a reformed and constitutional France could coexist with an enlightened King Louis XVI

Two Boys with a Bladder, Joseph Wright of Derby, ca. 1769-70; animal bladders served as toys, either inflated and tossed like balloons or filled with dried peas and shaken like rattles; Wright heightened the luminosity here by applying metal foil to the canvas

Two Boys with a Bladder, Joseph Wright of Derby, ca. 1769-70; animal bladders served as toys, either inflated and tossed like balloons or filled with dried peas and shaken like rattles; Wright heightened the luminosity here by applying metal foil to the canvas

From the Getty, you can see the Pacific Ocean as well as downtown LA although it's usually very hazy; this shot has UCLA in the center with the high-rise condos along Wilshire Blvd in the background

From the Getty, you can see the Pacific Ocean as well as downtown LA although it's usually very hazy; this shot has UCLA in the center with the high-rise condos along Wilshire Blvd in the background

This 1670 private room from a Parisian residence is fitted with 14 carved panels that are the full length doors of an extensive bookcase; the Getty Center endowment exceeds $7 billion

This 1670 private room from a Parisian residence is fitted with 14 carved panels that are the full length doors of an extensive bookcase; the Getty Center endowment exceeds $7 billion

In addition to the Getty Center, the 64 acre Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades is home to the museum's Greek, Etruscan, and Roman antiquities, and includes an outdoor theater that hosts classically inspired theater productions each fall

In addition to the Getty Center, the 64 acre Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades is home to the museum's Greek, Etruscan, and Roman antiquities, and includes an outdoor theater that hosts classically inspired theater productions each fall

Decorative microscopes (like this 1751 model) were made for the wealthy intelligentsia of Paris, who had a passion for the study of natural history and who maintained collections of all sorts of natural specimens

Decorative microscopes (like this 1751 model) were made for the wealthy intelligentsia of Paris, who had a passion for the study of natural history and who maintained collections of all sorts of natural specimens

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Favorite photos from scuba diving and snorkeling off Cozumel

After I dropped Lee off at the Cancun airport, I extended my Mexico stay for 4 beach days on Cozumel and so I could go scuba diving; my prior visits to Cozumel had all been via cruise ships where you don't get a real feel for a destination

After I dropped Lee off at the Cancun airport, I extended my Mexico stay for 4 beach days on Cozumel and so I could go scuba diving; my prior visits to Cozumel had all been via cruise ships where you don't get a real feel for a destination

This huge spotted eagle ray was the highlight of one of my dives; the coral looked in OK shape but there was surprisingly little marine life with no turtles, sharks, only one eel and even a smaller than typical range of tropical fish

This huge spotted eagle ray was the highlight of one of my dives; the coral looked in OK shape but there was surprisingly little marine life with no turtles, sharks, only one eel and even a smaller than typical range of tropical fish

Adult rock beauties are normally encountered as pairs and appear to form long term monogamous relationships so maybe I swam upon a menage a trois; the first Spanish expedition to visit Cozumel was led by Juan de Grijalva in 1518 with Cortes a year later

Adult rock beauties are normally encountered as pairs and appear to form long term monogamous relationships so maybe I swam upon a menage a trois; the first Spanish expedition to visit Cozumel was led by Juan de Grijalva in 1518 with Cortes a year later

In 1861, President Lincoln ordered Secretary of State Seward to meet with the Mexican chargé d'affaires to explore the possibility of purchasing Cozumel for the purpose of relocating freed American slaves offshore

In 1861, President Lincoln ordered Secretary of State Seward to meet with the Mexican chargé d'affaires to explore the possibility of purchasing Cozumel for the purpose of relocating freed American slaves offshore

This was the only eel I saw when in Cozumel; as usual, I was the only diver who opted not to wear a wetsuit but the water temperature was 81 degrees and our dives were not very deep

This was the only eel I saw when in Cozumel; as usual, I was the only diver who opted not to wear a wetsuit but the water temperature was 81 degrees and our dives were not very deep

Yellow stingrays were the only animals of note I saw when snorkeling from my hotel located north of Cozumel town; one day I saw 8 cruise ships docked here with just a narrow 2 lane road running along the coast to handle them all

Yellow stingrays were the only animals of note I saw when snorkeling from my hotel located north of Cozumel town; one day I saw 8 cruise ships docked here with just a narrow 2 lane road running along the coast to handle them all

Since the snorkeling was so poor, I opted for a couple of days of diving; it was a challenge finding a company to take me since most were either not going out or already were fully booked

Since the snorkeling was so poor, I opted for a couple of days of diving; it was a challenge finding a company to take me since most were either not going out or already were fully booked

The first dive one day was at the Santa Rosa Wall, one of the most famous Cozumel dive sites; there were numerous swim-throughs but surprisingly little current with the wall starting at 50 ft and plunging down to almost 3000 ft

The first dive one day was at the Santa Rosa Wall, one of the most famous Cozumel dive sites; there were numerous swim-throughs but surprisingly little current with the wall starting at 50 ft and plunging down to almost 3000 ft

French angelfish; the island of Cozumel is about 30 miles long by 10 miles wide and lies 12 miles off the Yucatan coast near Playa del Carmen, about 50 miles south of Cancun; the island has a population of roughly 100,000 excluding cruise ship passengers

French angelfish; the island of Cozumel is about 30 miles long by 10 miles wide and lies 12 miles off the Yucatan coast near Playa del Carmen, about 50 miles south of Cancun; the island has a population of roughly 100,000 excluding cruise ship passengers

Sea anemones were a rare sight diving around Cozumel; since I had a rental car, I took the slow car ferry to Cozumel which has fewer crossings, takes longer and is more expensive than the passenger catamarans which cross from multiple mainland cities

Sea anemones were a rare sight diving around Cozumel; since I had a rental car, I took the slow car ferry to Cozumel which has fewer crossings, takes longer and is more expensive than the passenger catamarans which cross from multiple mainland cities

One day I drove an hour south of town to the southernmost coast of the island to visit Punta Sur Eco Beach Park which was supposed to have good snorkeling; it was virtually deserted but, other than rays and a few turtles, the snorkeling was still poor

One day I drove an hour south of town to the southernmost coast of the island to visit Punta Sur Eco Beach Park which was supposed to have good snorkeling; it was virtually deserted but, other than rays and a few turtles, the snorkeling was still poor

The highlight of my snorkeling at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park was this spotted eagle ray; admission was $18 and you need your own transportation since it's prohibitively far from town for a taxi; ideal if you just wanted a quiet sandy beach with bar service

The highlight of my snorkeling at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park was this spotted eagle ray; admission was $18 and you need your own transportation since it's prohibitively far from town for a taxi; ideal if you just wanted a quiet sandy beach with bar service

The queen triggerfish is called cochino in Cuba and this is the probable origin of the name Bahía de Cochinos, which is known as the Bay of Pigs in English; this species preys on a variety of invertebrates, notably sea urchins (good!)

The queen triggerfish is called cochino in Cuba and this is the probable origin of the name Bahía de Cochinos, which is known as the Bay of Pigs in English; this species preys on a variety of invertebrates, notably sea urchins (good!)

The second dive one day was at Columbia Shallows which had a maximum depth of just 50 feet making it a good dive for beginners; this site, like all popular Cozumel dive locations, is on the west side of the island south of Cozumel town

The second dive one day was at Columbia Shallows which had a maximum depth of just 50 feet making it a good dive for beginners; this site, like all popular Cozumel dive locations, is on the west side of the island south of Cozumel town

I need help identifying this fish which has no apparent dorsal, ventral or anal fins; it's not one I remember seeing in other places and just has an odd-look so maybe some of my diving friends will know the answer to this mystery

I need help identifying this fish which has no apparent dorsal, ventral or anal fins; it's not one I remember seeing in other places and just has an odd-look so maybe some of my diving friends will know the answer to this mystery

American whitespotted filefish; the Cozumel reef is part of the much larger Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System which is the second largest reef in the world, stretching over 620 miles

American whitespotted filefish; the Cozumel reef is part of the much larger Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System which is the second largest reef in the world, stretching over 620 miles

The second day of diving included the San Francisco Wall and Palancar Caves which are part of the Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park which is included in the UNESCO protected area called Isla Cozumel Biosphere Reserve

The second day of diving included the San Francisco Wall and Palancar Caves which are part of the Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park which is included in the UNESCO protected area called Isla Cozumel Biosphere Reserve

In addition to their hard exterior, smooth trunkfish can produce a toxin through their body mucus that is used for defense; this toxin makes them a poor choice for an aquarium since they can poison the entire tank if stressed

In addition to their hard exterior, smooth trunkfish can produce a toxin through their body mucus that is used for defense; this toxin makes them a poor choice for an aquarium since they can poison the entire tank if stressed

The bluestriped grunt is a common fish in the Caribbean, more often seen in small schools; they are preyed on by larger fish such as sharks and groupers; rarely seen in private aquariums because of its size, it is fairly common in public aquariums

The bluestriped grunt is a common fish in the Caribbean, more often seen in small schools; they are preyed on by larger fish such as sharks and groupers; rarely seen in private aquariums because of its size, it is fairly common in public aquariums

Yellow tube sponges were common and there were also many interesting soft coral species; Cozumel's coral reefs have been struggling due to cruise ships, hurricanes, climate change, etc. so several efforts are underway to restore/replenish the reefs

Yellow tube sponges were common and there were also many interesting soft coral species; Cozumel's coral reefs have been struggling due to cruise ships, hurricanes, climate change, etc. so several efforts are underway to restore/replenish the reefs

The red cushion star is the largest Caribbean sea star, growing to 20 inches in diameter; and inhabits nearshore sandy bottoms and coral rubble; in the winter, they migrate to offshore locations with little water movement in order to avoid turbulence

The red cushion star is the largest Caribbean sea star, growing to 20 inches in diameter; and inhabits nearshore sandy bottoms and coral rubble; in the winter, they migrate to offshore locations with little water movement in order to avoid turbulence

This scrawled filefish was swimming horizontally, like a flounder; Cozumel was struck by two Category 4 hurricanes in 2005, Emily and Wilma, with Wilma's eye passing directly over the island causing widespread destruction

This scrawled filefish was swimming horizontally, like a flounder; Cozumel was struck by two Category 4 hurricanes in 2005, Emily and Wilma, with Wilma's eye passing directly over the island causing widespread destruction

Juvenile French angelfish have yellow bands that will disappear once they are about a year old; they act as cleaner fish, establishing cleaning stations where ectoparasites are removed from a wide range of other species such as jacks, snapper and wrasses

Juvenile French angelfish have yellow bands that will disappear once they are about a year old; they act as cleaner fish, establishing cleaning stations where ectoparasites are removed from a wide range of other species such as jacks, snapper and wrasses

The stoplight parrotfish is a protogynous hermaphrodite that shows full sexual dichromatism, meaning that it changes its sex from female to male during its lifespan, and its color changes with its sex change

The stoplight parrotfish is a protogynous hermaphrodite that shows full sexual dichromatism, meaning that it changes its sex from female to male during its lifespan, and its color changes with its sex change

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Great Monet Exhibition at Houston Museum of Fine Arts

Camille Monet and a Child in the Artist's Garden in Argenteuil, 1875; this painting of Monet's wife sewing in front of their rose garden was my favorite of the pieces included in this exhibition; I just loved the colors and harmony

Camille Monet and a Child in the Artist's Garden in Argenteuil, 1875; this painting of Monet's wife sewing in front of their rose garden was my favorite of the pieces included in this exhibition; I just loved the colors and harmony

Grainstack (Snow Effect), 1891; the wheat stacks represented Monet's first series paintings; a critic said 'the grouping together of 15 canvases, each representing the same subject, is an extraordinarily victorious artistic demonstration'

Grainstack (Snow Effect), 1891; the wheat stacks represented Monet's first series paintings; a critic said 'the grouping together of 15 canvases, each representing the same subject, is an extraordinarily victorious artistic demonstration'

Water Lilies, 1907; in May 1909, Monet presented this work, along with 47 other water-lily paintings, at a highly successful exhibition in the gallery of his art dealer; this isn't one of my favorites from the series

Water Lilies, 1907; in May 1909, Monet presented this work, along with 47 other water-lily paintings, at a highly successful exhibition in the gallery of his art dealer; this isn't one of my favorites from the series

The Water Lily Pond, 1900; one of a series of this particular view, this composition is among his first to emphasize the reflections of the densely packed trees on the flat surface of the water

The Water Lily Pond, 1900; one of a series of this particular view, this composition is among his first to emphasize the reflections of the densely packed trees on the flat surface of the water

Grand Canal, Venice, 1908; Monet once told his wife that Venice was 'too beautiful to paint;' I generally love Monet's work but I prefer more accurate representations of Venice, like those of Canaletto

Grand Canal, Venice, 1908; Monet once told his wife that Venice was 'too beautiful to paint;' I generally love Monet's work but I prefer more accurate representations of Venice, like those of Canaletto

Antibes, Afternoon Effect, 1888; Monet spent January to May in this town on the French Riviera, avoiding the dreariest months in Paris, to satisfy his dealer's appetite for sun-drenched, idyllic seascapes

Antibes, Afternoon Effect, 1888; Monet spent January to May in this town on the French Riviera, avoiding the dreariest months in Paris, to satisfy his dealer's appetite for sun-drenched, idyllic seascapes

Fisherman's Cottage on the Cliffs at Varengeville, 1882; built as lookout posts for customs agents during the Napoleonic Wars, houses like this were commonly used in the late 19th century by fishermen to store their nets

Fisherman's Cottage on the Cliffs at Varengeville, 1882; built as lookout posts for customs agents during the Napoleonic Wars, houses like this were commonly used in the late 19th century by fishermen to store their nets

Snow at Argenteuil, c. 1874; likely inspired by Japanese woodblock prints, this scene of a road near Monet's house is unusual for its attempt to capture actual snowfall; the subject appealed to Monet's desire to capture the effects of light and weather

Snow at Argenteuil, c. 1874; likely inspired by Japanese woodblock prints, this scene of a road near Monet's house is unusual for its attempt to capture actual snowfall; the subject appealed to Monet's desire to capture the effects of light and weather

Cap Martin, near Menton, 1884; Monet often spent weeks scouting painting locales commenting that 'you need to live in a place for quite a while in order to paint it, you need to have worked laboriously to render it confidently'

Cap Martin, near Menton, 1884; Monet often spent weeks scouting painting locales commenting that 'you need to live in a place for quite a while in order to paint it, you need to have worked laboriously to render it confidently'

Meadow at GIverny, 1886; for fans of Monet, I recommend visiting his home, studio and gardens in Giverny, 50 miles WNW of Paris; because of Monet, the village attracted many Impressionist artists with the town now having a museum dedicated to their work

Meadow at GIverny, 1886; for fans of Monet, I recommend visiting his home, studio and gardens in Giverny, 50 miles WNW of Paris; because of Monet, the village attracted many Impressionist artists with the town now having a museum dedicated to their work

Boulevard Saint-Denis, Argenteuil, in Winter, 1875; when Monet lived in Argenteuil in the 1870s, the town was in the process of transforming from a small village to a Paris commuter suburb; Monet's house is on the right with the peaked roof

Boulevard Saint-Denis, Argenteuil, in Winter, 1875; when Monet lived in Argenteuil in the 1870s, the town was in the process of transforming from a small village to a Paris commuter suburb; Monet's house is on the right with the peaked roof

Road at La Cavee, Pourville, 1882; while he sometimes painted distinctive geological formations along the coast, more often Monet's compositions focused on unassuming features, such as this country road turning among grassy hillocks

Road at La Cavee, Pourville, 1882; while he sometimes painted distinctive geological formations along the coast, more often Monet's compositions focused on unassuming features, such as this country road turning among grassy hillocks

Meadow with Haystacks near GIverny, 1885; the largest Haystacks collections are held at the Musée d'Orsay and Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, and in the Art Institute of Chicago; this piece is one of the first in the series

Meadow with Haystacks near GIverny, 1885; the largest Haystacks collections are held at the Musée d'Orsay and Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, and in the Art Institute of Chicago; this piece is one of the first in the series

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Colonial town of Valladolid is the gateway to Chichen-Itza

Built by Franciscan missionaries between 1552 and 1560, the Convent San Bernardino de Siena plays host to an impressive, nightly sound and light show depicting the history of the city (it wasn't operating when we visited)

Built by Franciscan missionaries between 1552 and 1560, the Convent San Bernardino de Siena plays host to an impressive, nightly sound and light show depicting the history of the city (it wasn't operating when we visited)

The Cathedral of San Servacio, on the city's main square, was completed in 1706, replacing the original 1545 structure; nearby is the popular Zaci Cenote (closed for our visit) which has a nice restaurant overlooking the water

The Cathedral of San Servacio, on the city's main square, was completed in 1706, replacing the original 1545 structure; nearby is the popular Zaci Cenote (closed for our visit) which has a nice restaurant overlooking the water

Our hotel was on Calzada de los Frailes (Avenue of the Friars) which was the prettiest street in town and connected the main square with the Convent San Bernardino de SIena; the town of roughly 50,000 is halfway between Cancun and Merida

Our hotel was on Calzada de los Frailes (Avenue of the Friars) which was the prettiest street in town and connected the main square with the Convent San Bernardino de SIena; the town of roughly 50,000 is halfway between Cancun and Merida

The Sisal Cenote supplied water to the convent and monastery at San Bernardino de Siena; of the 6000 known cenotes worldwide, more than 2500 are on the Yucatan peninsula (it felt like we saw most of them!)

The Sisal Cenote supplied water to the convent and monastery at San Bernardino de Siena; of the 6000 known cenotes worldwide, more than 2500 are on the Yucatan peninsula (it felt like we saw most of them!)

Cenote Suytun, 15 minutes east of Valladolid, is one of the most popular in Mexico and often over-run with large tour buses; everyone that visits wants a photo like this one of Lee to post on their Instagram account

Cenote Suytun, 15 minutes east of Valladolid, is one of the most popular in Mexico and often over-run with large tour buses; everyone that visits wants a photo like this one of Lee to post on their Instagram account

The monastery at San Bernardino de Siena served as a fortress during the Caste War; in 2004, an exploration of the Sisal Cenote on the grounds discovered 164 muskets, bayonets, spears and even one cannon

The monastery at San Bernardino de Siena served as a fortress during the Caste War; in 2004, an exploration of the Sisal Cenote on the grounds discovered 164 muskets, bayonets, spears and even one cannon

This small Mayan house has been preserved because it represents how homes in the area once looked; the city's economy today is largely dependent on the tourists flocking to Chichen-Itza which is one hour west

This small Mayan house has been preserved because it represents how homes in the area once looked; the city's economy today is largely dependent on the tourists flocking to Chichen-Itza which is one hour west

Throughout the Yucatan, we saw hundreds of locals on rusty bicycles making a pilgrimage to honor the Virgin de Guadalupe; they would often have crosses and images of the Virgin strapped to their bodies while support trucks behind them played music

Throughout the Yucatan, we saw hundreds of locals on rusty bicycles making a pilgrimage to honor the Virgin de Guadalupe; they would often have crosses and images of the Virgin strapped to their bodies while support trucks behind them played music

On March 24, 1545, the city of Valladolid was relocated from a mosquito-infested lagoon location to its current site, built atop a Maya town called Zací whose buildings were dismantled to reuse the stones; the city was named after Valladolid, at the time the capital of Spain

On March 24, 1545, the city of Valladolid was relocated from a mosquito-infested lagoon location to its current site, built atop a Maya town called Zací whose buildings were dismantled to reuse the stones; the city was named after Valladolid, at the time the capital of Spain

The Parque Principal Francisco Canton Rosado is the city's main square; in colonial times, the Yucatan operated under a caste system with officials born in Spain at the top and the indigenous Mayan people at the bottom

The Parque Principal Francisco Canton Rosado is the city's main square; in colonial times, the Yucatan operated under a caste system with officials born in Spain at the top and the indigenous Mayan people at the bottom

You   me chairs have been part of the Yucatan culture for 100  years; originally designed to allow young people to talk in public without touching, the chairs are perfect for letting people face each as opposed to sitting next to each other on a park bench

You + me chairs have been part of the Yucatan culture for 100+ years; originally designed to allow young people to talk in public without touching, the chairs are perfect for letting people face each as opposed to sitting next to each other on a park bench

We paid a couple of dollars to tour the museum attached to San Bernardino de Siena and could admire the main sanctuary from the balcony; traditional ice cream is popular here with one of the favorite flavors being corn

We paid a couple of dollars to tour the museum attached to San Bernardino de Siena and could admire the main sanctuary from the balcony; traditional ice cream is popular here with one of the favorite flavors being corn

There isn't much to see in the former convent San Bernardino de Siena these days but, at times, you could envision how beautiful it must have been centuries ago

There isn't much to see in the former convent San Bernardino de Siena these days but, at times, you could envision how beautiful it must have been centuries ago

Cathedral and arcades on main square; the Caste War of Yucatan started here in 1847 when the local Mayan population revolted after their territorial land was increasingly being confiscated by immigrants from Spain

Cathedral and arcades on main square; the Caste War of Yucatan started here in 1847 when the local Mayan population revolted after their territorial land was increasingly being confiscated by immigrants from Spain

This is one of four murals in City Hall done by local artist Manuel Lizama; this panel depicts Spanish conqueror Francisco de Monteja as he works to impose Spanish culture on to the indigenous Mayan people

This is one of four murals in City Hall done by local artist Manuel Lizama; this panel depicts Spanish conqueror Francisco de Monteja as he works to impose Spanish culture on to the indigenous Mayan people

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Great collection at Harvard Art Museums shines, pt 1

The Black Countess, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1881; long a mystery, in 2019 it was discovered that the countess is likely Anne Justine Angele Delva de Dalmarie, a member of the aristocracy from Haiti known in Paris for her fabulous parties

The Black Countess, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1881; long a mystery, in 2019 it was discovered that the countess is likely Anne Justine Angele Delva de Dalmarie, a member of the aristocracy from Haiti known in Paris for her fabulous parties

Horse Trotting, the Feet Not Touching the Ground, Edgar Degas, c. 1881-90; in 1872, the British photographer Eadweard Muybridge revolutionized perceptions of motion by developing a stop-action camera; Degas then modeled his horses after such photographs

Horse Trotting, the Feet Not Touching the Ground, Edgar Degas, c. 1881-90; in 1872, the British photographer Eadweard Muybridge revolutionized perceptions of motion by developing a stop-action camera; Degas then modeled his horses after such photographs

Mother and Child, Pablo Picasso, c. 1901; this piece, at the beginning of Picasso's Blue Period, reflects Picasso's concern for social issues after he visited a prison-hospital; the influence of El Greco is evident with the attenuated limbs

Mother and Child, Pablo Picasso, c. 1901; this piece, at the beginning of Picasso's Blue Period, reflects Picasso's concern for social issues after he visited a prison-hospital; the influence of El Greco is evident with the attenuated limbs

Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, 1888; in early 1888, van Gogh moved to Arles, in the south of France, where he hoped to establish an art colony; he encouraged other artists there to paint themselves

Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, 1888; in early 1888, van Gogh moved to Arles, in the south of France, where he hoped to establish an art colony; he encouraged other artists there to paint themselves

Seated Figures, Study for A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, Georges Pierre Seurat, 1884-85; Seurat made roughly 30 studies for his enormous masterpiece (definitely worth seeing at the Art Institute of Chicago!)

Seated Figures, Study for A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, Georges Pierre Seurat, 1884-85; Seurat made roughly 30 studies for his enormous masterpiece (definitely worth seeing at the Art Institute of Chicago!)

Eugenie Graff (Madame Paul), Claude Monet, 1882; Monet reserved the painting of portraits for his closest associates; he stayed with the Pauls for 2 months at their hotel in Normandy

Eugenie Graff (Madame Paul), Claude Monet, 1882; Monet reserved the painting of portraits for his closest associates; he stayed with the Pauls for 2 months at their hotel in Normandy

Upper Deck, Charles Sheeler, 1929; this piece is a quintessential work of the American precisionist movement; based on a photograph, Sheeler stripped away many extraneous details to streamline his composition

Upper Deck, Charles Sheeler, 1929; this piece is a quintessential work of the American precisionist movement; based on a photograph, Sheeler stripped away many extraneous details to streamline his composition

Red and Pink, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1925; this work was a commission for the Cheney Brothers Silk Manufacturing Co, the largest American producer of the fabric in the 1920s; it was reproduced in ads beginning in 1926

Red and Pink, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1925; this work was a commission for the Cheney Brothers Silk Manufacturing Co, the largest American producer of the fabric in the 1920s; it was reproduced in ads beginning in 1926

Analogia I, Victor Grippo, 1970-71; one of Latin America's most influential conceptual artists, Grippo here symbolizes the people whose collective power is controlled by the authoritarian state; this was among the more thought-provoking pieces

Analogia I, Victor Grippo, 1970-71; one of Latin America's most influential conceptual artists, Grippo here symbolizes the people whose collective power is controlled by the authoritarian state; this was among the more thought-provoking pieces

Three Figures with Furniture-Like Forms, Oskar Schlemmer, 1929; at the Bauhaus, where he led the sculpture and theater workshops from 1921 to 1929, Schlemmer's devotion to figuration distinguished him from colleagues that were exploring pure abstraction

Three Figures with Furniture-Like Forms, Oskar Schlemmer, 1929; at the Bauhaus, where he led the sculpture and theater workshops from 1921 to 1929, Schlemmer's devotion to figuration distinguished him from colleagues that were exploring pure abstraction

Hercules and Omphale, Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1535; this work belongs to a secular genre in German Renaissance art known as Weibermacht. images illustrating the power of women; according to classical mythology, Hercules was enslaved for 3 years by Omphale

Hercules and Omphale, Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1535; this work belongs to a secular genre in German Renaissance art known as Weibermacht. images illustrating the power of women; according to classical mythology, Hercules was enslaved for 3 years by Omphale

This Italian marriage chest (c. 1475-1500) illustrates two of Petrarch's Triumphs, the Triumph of Chastity on the left and Triumph of Love on the right; imagine the world events that have occurred since 1475!

This Italian marriage chest (c. 1475-1500) illustrates two of Petrarch's Triumphs, the Triumph of Chastity on the left and Triumph of Love on the right; imagine the world events that have occurred since 1475!

George Washington, Gilbert Stuart, c. 1795-96; Stuart painted nearly 100 portraits of Washington (every museum seems to have one) which have seared the image of the 'father of our country' into the national consciousness

George Washington, Gilbert Stuart, c. 1795-96; Stuart painted nearly 100 portraits of Washington (every museum seems to have one) which have seared the image of the 'father of our country' into the national consciousness

Miss Alice Kurtz, Thomas Eakins, 1903; this portrait was commissioned by the sitter's father, a prominent Philadelphia banker; he was displeased with the portrait and stored it in his attic for 20  years

Miss Alice Kurtz, Thomas Eakins, 1903; this portrait was commissioned by the sitter's father, a prominent Philadelphia banker; he was displeased with the portrait and stored it in his attic for 20+ years

Victor Chocquet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, c. 1875; as a boy, Renoir had a great talent for singing but due to his family’s financial situation, was forced to quit; he got an apprenticeship at a porcelain factory where his talent for painting was noticed

Victor Chocquet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, c. 1875; as a boy, Renoir had a great talent for singing but due to his family’s financial situation, was forced to quit; he got an apprenticeship at a porcelain factory where his talent for painting was noticed

Charing Cross Bridge: Fog on the Thames, Claude Monet, 1903; Monet visited London 3 times between 1899 and 1901 for a total of 7 months; he would rent the same room at the Savoy Hotel from which he could paint this view of the Thames

Charing Cross Bridge: Fog on the Thames, Claude Monet, 1903; Monet visited London 3 times between 1899 and 1901 for a total of 7 months; he would rent the same room at the Savoy Hotel from which he could paint this view of the Thames

Favrile Vase, Tiffany Glass Co., 1900; Tiffany's naturalistic art glass catered to elite Americans' taste for singular, handmade objects at a time when uniform, mass-produced objects were proliferating

Favrile Vase, Tiffany Glass Co., 1900; Tiffany's naturalistic art glass catered to elite Americans' taste for singular, handmade objects at a time when uniform, mass-produced objects were proliferating

Spring Bouquet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1866; for many French artists during the 1860s, the floral still life persisted as a test of pure painterly ability; instead of applying the paint with a palette knife, Renoir solely used a brush

Spring Bouquet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1866; for many French artists during the 1860s, the floral still life persisted as a test of pure painterly ability; instead of applying the paint with a palette knife, Renoir solely used a brush

Madame Pierre Henri Renoir, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1870; this is one of two pendant portraits that Renoir painted of his elder brother and his wife; when paired, the sitters look across at each other in the 'en regard' format

Madame Pierre Henri Renoir, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1870; this is one of two pendant portraits that Renoir painted of his elder brother and his wife; when paired, the sitters look across at each other in the 'en regard' format

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