Once we arrived at the museum, we visited the Albrecht Durer exhibit. Durer (who lived between 1471 and 1520 in Nuremberg, Germany) is most famous for his prints, which he made from woodcuts and metal plate engravings. John wasn't permitted to photograph the prints, but if you'll click the above link, you'll see a "Tour" button that will show you the prints. Please look at the amazing detail, especially in "St. Jerome in His Study, which impressed us both.
I was ashamed, as I saw Durer's meticulous work, of my impatience with my own artwork. Hopefully, I'll learn to push through my boredom to add more detail to my drawings. After all, I have the advantage of drawing by computer, whereas Durer did all his work by hand.
After the exhibit, we took the elevator upstairs to have lunch at Bravo, the museum's upscale restaurant (usually, we eat at The Courtyard Cafe). We ordered the braised lamb with petite potatoes, cherry tomatoes, chickpeas and red peppers. The chef, upon hearing about our disabilities, cut the meat from the bone for us. Her thoughtfulness impressed us! For dessert, we shared a small chocolate fudge cake, which you'll see in the picture below:
We wandered a bit once we had finished lunch, enjoying the John Singer Sargent murals in the Rotunda and Colonnade. John got two great photos. First, one of the Rotunda murals.
Then this daring photo of the Colonnade mural, which I think is marvelous!
From there, we found the Italian Renaissance section, which of course I loved. This is a new gallery, and one I'll visit frequently. We liked this polychromed terracotta sculpture of The Entombment (Italy, 1500):
Sadly, before we could settle in and explore this gallery, it was time to rush downstairs to catch our paratransit van. While the driver boarded me, John got this picture of some Canadian Geese that were visiting the grounds.
Even the ride home was delightful, with three other passengers who love talking and laughing. John and I agree that it was the best date we've ever had!