No, I am not referring to our wives giving us a “time out,” requiring chair in corner time. Together “Time Out” one of the luxuries of being retired, we can travel distances or locally, whenever the urge strikes us.
San Francisco, founded June 29, 1776. At the same time, the Spaniards established a fort at the Golden Gate, Fort Point, and constructed a mission. San Francisco named for Saint Francis Assisi.
Not many individuals know about the early years of St. Francis.
1: In his quest for knighthood, Francis fought in two major wars. War of 1198 and at the age of sixteen joined the merchant class warriors who fought against the nobility. Four years later he joined forces in the second war, to battle a neighboring town of Perugia. Francis’ father was able to ransom him from his capture a year later. Arriving home he was nursed back to health, but many ailments would follow him for the rest of his life.
2: Once again, Francis joined a legion in southern Italy, an attempt to accomplish his dream of knighthood. Just sixteen miles from Assisi his body revolted, and Francis returned home a failure.
3: Revived back to a form of health, Francis fell in love and planned marriage to “Lady Poverty.” Francis described her “more noble, wealthier, and more beautiful than one could imagine. The lady who captured Francis’ heart was Clare of Assisi.
4: Francis embraced a religious vocation, serving the afflicted and impoverished. Francis took linens from his father’s shop, sold them and gave the money to an aged priest who oversaw the repairs of the crumbling church.
5: Francis’ actions and religious life shamed and enraged his father. Assisi’s bishop held a public trial which his father accused him of stealing. Francis returned the money, and he proceeded to strip naked returning his father’s clothes. Francis renounced his identity as his son.
6: Francis began to rebuild three ruined churches, San Damion, Portiuncula, the last sanctuary was not preserved. Francis declared San Damion for women. Clare of Assisi joined Francis and lived in San Damion.
7: Francis orchestrated Clare’s secret escape from her family home and met her late at night in a field below the town. They traveled to Portiuncula where Francis cut Clare’s hair showing her religious vows. Clare founded the Order of Poor Ladies, later renamed Poor Clares.
8: The church in Rome sanctioned Francis, he and his brothers went on foot throughout Italy. On the fifth crusade, Francis sought an audience with Muslim leader Malik al-Kamil, they became great friends. Ten years after their first meeting, al-Kamil conceded Jerusalem to the Christians.
9: Poriuncula 1226 at the age of 45, Francis died. By the time he died, his order had refused to accept his strict interpretation of the Gospel. Francis’ body wasted due to the multiplicity of illness, Francis received the five stigmata wounds.
San Francisco reflects St. Francis’ life, area’s of battles, wide range of faiths throughout the City, strict police patrols, the poor and the areas of deep reflection. Throughout history, San Francisco formed changes of lifestyle, music, art, authorship, film as well as being one of the most significant receiverships of immigrants, who helped to make those changes. These changes were soon reflective throughout the world.
Journeys into the city offer exposure to museums, restaurants, historical sites, taverns reflective and hundreds of cultures, hotels, and theatre.
The Legion of honor is currently displaying Klimt & Rodin: An Artistic Encounter
San Francisco Legion Of Honor
(Gustav Klimt, The Virgin, 1913.
Oil on canvas)
Gustav Klimt & Auguste Rodin
Klimt did not produce many works over his time as a painter. Many of his paintings are too fragile to ship to various world museums. His artwork carefully sent to institutions this allows artist and the public a once in a lifetime study of his technique and style.
Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 – February 6, 1918) was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. Klimt is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, and other objets d’art. Klimt’s primary subject was the female body, and his works are marked by a frank eroticism. In addition to his figurative works, which include allegories and portraits, he painted landscapes. Among the artists of the Vienna Secession, Klimt was the most influenced by Japanese art and its methods.
Early in his artistic career, he was a successful painter of architectural decorations conventionally. As he developed a more personal style, his work was the subject of controversy that culminated when the paintings he completed around 1900 for the ceiling of the Great Hall of the University of Vienna were criticized as pornographic. He subsequently accepted no more public commissions but achieved a new success with the paintings of his “golden phase,” many of which include gold leaf. Klimt’s work was a significant influence on his younger contemporary Egon Schiele. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
It is said that they met only once in their careers as artist, both influenced the Vienna Succession.
Sculpturally, Rodin possessed a unique ability to model a complex, turbulent, deeply pocketed surface in clay. Rodin’s most original work departed from traditional themes of mythology and allegory, modeled the human body with realism, and celebrated individual character and physicality. Rodin was sensitive to the controversy surrounding his work but refused to change his style.
A commission to create a portal for Paris’ planned Museum of Decorative Arts was awarded to Rodin in 1880. Although the museum was never built, Rodin worked throughout his life on The Gates of Hell, a monumental sculptural group depicting scenes from Dante’s Inferno in high relief. Often lacking a clear conception of his significant works, Rodin compensated with hard work and a striving for perfection.
The Gates of Hell comprised of 186 figures in its final form. Many of Rodin’s best-known sculptures started as designs of characters for this composition, such as The Thinker, The Three Shades, and The Kiss, and were only later presented as separate and independent works. Other well-known works derived from The Gates are Ugolino, Fallen Caryatid Carrying her Stone, Fugit Amor, She Who Was Once the Helmet-Maker’s Beautiful Wife, The Falling Man, and The Prodigal Son.
Rodin restored an ancient role of sculpture – to capture the physical and intellectual force of the human subject – and he freed sculpture from the repetition of traditional patterns, providing the foundation for higher experimentation in the 20th century. His popularity is ascribed to his emotion-laden representations of ordinary men and women – to his ability to find the beauty and pathos in the human animal. His most famous works, such as The Kiss and The Thinker, are widely used outside the fine arts as symbols of human emotion and character
Visiting a museum may sound uneventful, though viewing works of art up close, but don’t touch, as I have been scolded by security, adopts a different perspective, the same as attending a sports event.
God’s In Color
We started our viewing with the “God’s In Color,” Greek statues, paintings, pottery, and marble busts, displayed at the lower level of the Legion Of Fine Arts.
The actual artifacts lost most, if not all of their painted coloring; replicas were cast for comparison. Color, initially, painted on the surface of the statue were bright accenting the designs of the clothing. In some cases, remnants of these colors were still visible.
Paintings of Greek ruins scenes are painted much later, a great deal by an Italian artist. The medium was watercolor, the surface was not detectable. Views of the Parthenon, Acropolis and many other structures and landscapes.
Greece claimed the rights to many gods, in fact, I am sure the Greek gods outnumbered those of the Native Americans and Voodoo. With the claim to so many gods, I now understand why the course in English Literature is entitled “Greek Tragedy.”
Walking The City To Experience
Each corner of San Francisco offers historical information from its early settlement to present day. Example; Garidelli Square, the Cannery, Fishermans Wharf areas was initially grazing for dairy cows. The shores of the bay once ended near the intersection of Montogomery and California Streets, which was discovered during the cable car renovation of the lines, contractors excavated at that junction, uncovering a sunken sailing ship.
Barbary Coast Trail, San Francisco Tours, offer eye-opening and unknown facts that even the City Natives may not know. There are stories in Half Moon Bay about ships sailing down the California Coast from the Barbary with a cargo of alcohol during prohibition.
San Francisco has a culture of its own, ballet, classical music, Broadway plays, modern dance, small theatre plays, world-class restaurants all the way down to Doggy Diners. Sorry, I forgot Doggy Diners are of the past.
Mark Twain is quoted as saying about San Francisco:
“Now I hate to tell such a plain truth, but I must — the bulk of San Francisco’s liberality seems sometimes actuated by a love of applause. She doesn’t always take kindly to a good deed for a good deed’s sake, but pat her on the head, and flatter her, and say Bully, bully, bully, is the great Metropolis of the Pacific, and she will break her neck trying to accomplish that good deed. You get Dr. Bellows to glorify her princely liberality in ten telegraphic sentences, at forty cents a word, and down they come with $20,000 for the Sanitary Fund! They always respond when ‘Glory’ calls but they are sometimes slow to respond when they are not going to be applauded.”
– quoted in “False to Thee,” San Francisco Dramatic Chronicle, 16 January 1866, p. 2.
Union Square is an unofficial meeting place for all of San Francisco’s residents and visitors for lunch and for dinner, as well as shopping. Entry of San Francisco’s Maiden Lane begins or ends from Union Square. Maiden Lane once San Francisco’s redlight district, today is home to high-end boutiques and art galleries. The street also serves as the location of San Francisco’s only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building.
Opera singers Robert Close and Litz Plummer set up shop at the end of Maiden Lane. Close began singing on the street in 1998, at the end of a six-year stint with “Phantom of the Opera.” Frustrated that his talents were not being exercised on a more challenging material, Close began singing on the streets for the adulation and dollars of bystanders. He chose his spot on Maiden Lane for its acoustics, which allows him to project his powerful tenor up to four blocks away.
Robert Close is an Italian Opera tenor. He is a native San Franciscan who has sung here in the City for 25 years. He performed in the San Francisco production of Phantom of the Opera from 1993 until 1999.
Litz Plummer was in search of work after moving to San Francisco some years ago from North Carolina. She offered her services as a soprano, and the two have been singing together since.
They can always be heard on weekends as well as other days on occasion.
Marriott, our favorite hotel, this visit we chose the Marriott Union Square,
The Marriott is centrally located to the Square, within walking distance to Orpheum, where we saw Aladdin. Exciting Broadway play that leaves you smiling and happy inside.
A colorful musical, entertaining for both child and adult, a play for mothers, fathers, or grandparents to participate in the thrill of sharing with a child or grandchild.
Good over evil, the princess follows her heart and all ends as any of the Disney films or plays, “Good” conquers. Aladdin marries Jasmine, both flying to their honeymoon location on a magic carpet.
Time away in San Francisco offers so much for a couple of adventure with close friends a good time away from the regular routine.