|The MIC's main hall|
We know we are a species obsessed with itself and its own past and origins. We know we are capable of removing from the sanctuary of the earth shards and fragments, and gently placing them in museums. Great museums in great cities—the hallmarks of civilization.” ― Kathleen Jamie
When we got up this morning, I really didn't feel like doing much. I don't have to tell you (unless you live in the North Pole, Antarctica, or some other God-forsaken place where the temperature never rises about 0) that heat and humidity will take the will to move out of you. And, if it doesn't do that to you, then please send me some of whatever it is that makes you that way because I sure can use it.
|15th century pharmacy jars from Faenza|
At any rate, Mike didn't really want to sit around here again, so I compromised a bit and suggested we go to Faenza. Most of you are probably saying, "Faenza? What the heck is Faenza? " or "Where the heck is Faenza?" and/or "Who the heck would *go* to Faenza?" Faenza is a small city (58.000+ people) about 31 miles from Bologna that we decided to visit because one of my friends recommended it. That said, Faenza is not a tourist town, and there's not much to it other than the requisite palazzo, cathedral, and ceramics museum.
|15th century serving pieces from Faenza|
|17th century plaque from Abruzzo|
|17th century sculpture from Tuscany|
|Moses and Isaac on a plate—17th century Tuscany|
"How much restoration do you think they've done?" Mike asked me when we were looking at a few pieces that were obviously put back together. He was talking, however, about the colors. I asked the docent at a desk near us.
"The only restoration," she told me, "is to put things together. The paint, the glaze, are all original. But, may have had no restoration. They are in original condition."
|17th century Marche|
Both of us agreed that our favorite part of the museum was the contemporary ceramic sculpture. The ceramicists vying for the 39th annual Faenza Prize had their work on display, so it was interesting to see the 50 or so pieces in the running for the award. As with most art, I don't get how some of the pieces qualified to be art, but that's me. At the risk of upsetting my friends who think that a piece of white clay with a triangle sliced out of it is worthy of being in a museum, I'll just drop it (But! I do have a piece of white clay with a triangle sliced out of it that I'd love to sell you for $10,000 if you need it for your collection.)
|21st century ceramic and glass sculpture|
My favorite piece was the life-size copper tree (above) with glass and ceramic leaves hanging from it. I want it for my house, but something tells me I can't afford it. I may have to make one someday.
|A ceramic water ox in competition for the Faneza Prize|
We're back to the dilemma of what to do tomorrow since the temperatures are going to be even higher.
Heaven only knows.