Actually, the nearest place to find a copy of our new “Art + Travel Europe: Step into the Lives of Five Famous Painters” is right on your computer at either Amazon, Barnes & Noble online, Borders, or our own web shop. And, since “Art + Travel” launches on shelves tomorrow, you can also look for it in your favorite bookseller be they lovably independent or conveniently nationwide. Some of the best places to find “Art + Travel”, however, are more than just shops with helpful employees or big selections of art or travel titles. Next month, “Art + Travel” will be available at The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, two great places to see works created by the five artists we bring to life in our brand-new book!
In a world with only 37 acknowledged works by the great Delft master of oil and light, the National Gallery boast four classic Vermeers—“Woman Holding a Balance”, “A Lady Writing”, “Girl With a Lute”, and the devastatingly beautiful, “Girl With a Red Hat”. On top of that envious collection of canvases touched by Vermeer (who’s life in Delft is given easily digestible context and meaning in our “Art + Travel” walking tour), the National Gallery is home to 20 works by Van Gogh (including his “Farmhouse in Provence” from his productive time in Arles), and dozens of dark compositions crafted in Munch’s Oslo studios.
Out west at the Getty, meanwhile, the gorgeous “Portrait of the Marquesa de Santiago” and a smattering of prints by Madrid’s Goya look down at potential “Art + Travel” buyers before they head to the bookstore. Don’t miss out on the Getty’s “Irises” from Van Gogh’s final period in Saint-Rémy.
Of course, both museums have a lot more to offer than these few selections from the artists represented in “Art + Travel”, just as “Art + Travel” has a lot more to offer than just the addresses of museums or chapels where you can find works by Munch, Vermeer, and others ready for viewing. From the goings on in Delft, to the great restaurants of Caravaggio’s Rome, to the can’t-miss side attractions of Goya’s Madrid, there are as many sights to see and places to go listed in “Art + Travel” as there are works in these two great American museums.
The National Gallery of Art
4th and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC, U.S.A.
J. Paul Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
First: The interior of the National Gallery, courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Second (clockwise from left): “”Woman Holding a Balance”, Joannes Vermeer, c. 1664, “A Girl Writing a Letter”, Vermeer, c. 1665, “Farmhouse in Provence”, Vincent Van Gogh, 1888, all courtesy of the National Gallery.
Third (left to right): The exterior of the J. Paul Getty Museum, “”Portrait of the Marquesa de Santiago”, Francisco Goya, 1804, both courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California.
Forth: “Irises”, Van Gogh, 1889, courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum.