Long pause again; sure, the projects, the holidays, etc, but still – this is not how it was all planned! We need to talk! (one small issues it to decide whom with). Oh, well, anyway. Look forward to doing more reconstructions of personal history in the future!

Let’s start from the most recent one. Aachen. Been there (and d0 plan to come again, I still haven’t seen a lot there). Managed to miss a very large exhibition that was there last three months, commemorating 1200th anniversary of the death (?) of ‘Carlomagno’; it wasn’t even one, but three exhibitions.



This time the trip was of slightly different nature, it was a bit of reunion, with R. whom we met earlier this year in Amsterdam (I am checking now, and yes, I actually mentioned those trip in this blog, albeit very shortly – In Amsterdam with i-shmael).  I wouldn’t be able to elaborate on the Amsterdam story, at least visually, since I didn’t take too many pictures.

In some way it’s also the case this time; we had a good wall, and lots of interesting talks, but photography-wise I don’t have too much to show.  I took a few pictures of mirrors in the Couven Museum, and write about them in my Art Mirrors Art blog (Mirrors of the Couven Museum); we also found an interesting show there, of raree-shows (Raree-shows in Couven Museum). The only part that doesn’t quite fit to those blog is a few pictures of old Dutch tiles that I also took in the museum – I hoped very much to discover some mirrors there too, alas.

So, I will show at least those here, and may be few more pics from Aachen:

Ok, this this not exactly the Dutch tiles; just an interesting relief with dogs-snakes we’ve seen.



The Tiles:






This is where I expected to find at least one mirror; mermaids do love mirrors, as we know.


This was another possible candidate, they often depicted monkeys with mirrors; alas, it looks like it’s a flower:





The candle on one of the tiles could be ‘just a candle’, but can also use one of those reflectors we’ve seen in the very museum:


This is my last hope; the mermaid may held a dagger (or a comb) – but may be also a mirror (seen from a side):


The camel was fun to find among the Dutch animals 🙂


There was a lot of tiles with patterns and ornaments, but I didn’t have time to take too many of those:


R. and Julia’s friend are looking at the tiles:



The rest is *already* not tiles, just a few curiosities I found in the rooms.  I was bemused to find this Crucifixion framed as a painting, and under a glass lid:



Apparently, the Virgin Mary, with a lot of symbolic things around (the Sun, and the Moon, and the Snake, and the Shell, and the Glove, and the Aureola):


This was a large, 2m-tall engraving depicting the history of the city:


It was interesting to see how they place their beloved Dom right into the Heaven, as a representation of the Celestial City


I took few more pics in the city (not Heavenly, but real Aachen), will put them into a separate posting.



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