One closes, another opens
Door in the shrine of the Mausoleum Sayyida Ruqayya in Damascus
In Art Nouveau we see the beginnings of modernism, the move away from historical slavishness to realism toward abstraction and innovations in design. Except that, sometimes, the objects make you wonder. Here we have a lovingly rendered sketch,a souvenir for a fin-de-siecle mural project, that looks curiously like a Renaissance plate. The colors, the flowers, the enclosed linear patterns, are all evidence of the 'continuing curve.' See www.cooper-hewitt.org/exhibitions/
art nouveau door...beautiful
Doors to Maulbronn, the best preserved medieval monastery north of the Alps. Located in Germany’s Black Forest region, it was founded in 1147. Four centuries later, in 1556, it was converted into a Protestant school. Illustrious attendees include astronomer Johannes Kepler, who discovered that the Earth and other planets revolve around the sun in elliptical orbits, and Hermann Hesse, who wrote Siddhartha and Steppenwolf and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946 for The Glass Bead Game.