Maryland Outdoor Club
Sun, Feb 4 2007 - Images of Nature at the Walters Art Museum (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Beverly Hoeftman
Participants:Beverly Hoeftman, Cynthia Hildenbrand, Chuck Hildenbrand, Lutz Rastaetter, Kim Buhrman, Kimberly Hengbuoy, Ricardo Bulala, Nate Payer, Glenn Peddicord, Rose Anne Ullrich, Jessica Martinez, Lisa Falconero, doug hanford, Dominic Perry, Ann Marie DiLorenzo

Write Up:
As a bitter wind blew, an intrepid group of MOCers braved the elements to gather at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. Once we'd warmed up a bit, ur docent, Paul McAdam, directed us toward works of art chosen to help us remember warm sunshine, flowers, and other features of milder weather.

There were many works fitting this description. Many like-minded people had created a lively market for them over the centuries. A recreation of a medieval castle's Great Hall held a tapestry with an outdoor motif. Paintings depicting warm Italian sunshine had been created for Englishmen making their Grand Tour. In the 20th Century, artisians of the Art Nouveau era created jewelry depicting insects, flowers,a nd other natural features.

One of the particular highlights was the re-creation of a nobleman's "Chamber of Wonders", designed to showcase his acquisitions of art and curiosities of nature. More than a few MOCers commented on the collection of huge insects, hoping never to see anything like them on the trail.

The day after this event, a nasty Arctic front moved into the area, bring wind chills below zero. Hopefully, the mental images of brightly colored tulips and sunlit Tuscan hills have helped the mood of everyone who attended.

-Beverly Hoeftman

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