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Staying Warm and Dry at the Kimbell Art Museum

Submitted by on February 8, 2010 – 10:51 pm2 Comments

This article is photo intensive, for obvious reasons, and might take a while to load.  Click on each graphic for a larger photo.

Head, Possibly a King, Ife culture; southwestern Nigeria, Africa 12th-14th century

Last summer my wife and I went to Fort Worth for a weekend and had a very pleasant time riding our bikes along the Trinity Trails . It’s a series of hike and bike trails than run along the Trinity river greenbelts throughout the city.  The south west section through downtown is very peaceful and secluded and hosts a considerable amount of wildlife.  We just sat and watched some beavers busy at work one afternoon.  Serene.  The best part about that section of the trail is the lack of cars.

So we had plans to do the same the other day but the weather was not going to cooperate, it was cold and rainy so instead we decided to leave the bikes at home and visit the Kimbell Art Museum.  We had a great time.

The lobby level houses much of the African, South American and Asian sculpture and statuary, and upstairs is mostly paintings with a few sculptures here and there.

I’m not a religious person but I have always felt drawn to devotional art, and Kimbell has a nice collection on the second floor.  You’ll see examples by many of the masters in their permanent collection such including Matisse, Bellini, and Picasso.

They have a dedicated area for “The Torment of Saint Anthony” which is the first known painting by Michelangelo Buonarotti.  It includes quite a bit of historical information and analysis on the painting. That exhibit alone is worth the trip as Michelangelo’s depiction of St Anthony’s torment is simply chilling.

So here are a few of the other photos I managed to take:

They have a liberal photo policy, take photos of anything in the free exhibit area but no flash.  The lighting in the photos turned out better than I had expected,  but they still seem a little dark.

So the next time it’s too dreary for a bike ride we recommend spending some time at one of the many art museums throughout the DFW area.  For the art lovers out there, we’re planning to explore the Dallas Arts District on bicycles as soon as the weather gets pretty.   You can see the Dallas Arts District map here (PDF).  You’ll be welcome to join us on that ride when we go.


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Chris started riding a bike again when he noticed the Preston Ridge Trail being constructed across the street from his house. Since then he co-founded Biking in Dallas, has gone through countless Craigslist bike projects (some better than others) and can be found pedaling around town on a Electra Ticino with a camera in tow.

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