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Essay title: Art Museum Visit

I went to the San Diego Museum of Art. They had all kinds of art from different time periods from different parts of the world. They had a special exhibition on Indian art and a gallery of photos about the history of America.

At first I went to Asian art section, which had some stuff from Japan and a sculptures related to Buddhism. There was this collection of swords that I found kind of interesting. A piece (painting?) by Yoshitoshi Mori caught my eye, it was called Warrior on a Horse. I liked it because the horse looked very "cartoony". I think it was because the eyes were rather large.

I went into another room with European art. The portraits I saw really put mine to shame, but there were plenty of ridiculously pale women and children back then. There was a panel called Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine with Saints and Angels by a workshop called the Master of Frankfurt. I thought the angel's wings looked neat, it nice to see something different than the traditional white wings. I also saw this painting by Francisco de Zurbaran called Lamb of God. It was a depiction of a lamb tied up with a halo around its head. I really liked the concept of that. I also liked Daniel Seghers' Garland of Flowers with the Holy Family. It looks like memorial for the Holy Family, or a grave marker. I just think it looks pretty.

I didn't really find the Photo Gallery on America that interesting. It was called "Changing America". I'm very critical on photographs, it doesn't take that much skill to press a button, and the picture is a perfect representation of what you are trying to depict. So I better be totally blown away by the subject of the photograph. Some photos seem to do their job; they did capture the essence of the time. But others I looked at just made me say, "what??"

Another room featured only landscapes and cityscapes. I prefer landscapes/cityscapes to be without people. I don't know why, I just like it like that. I also prefer photos I take when I go on vacation to be without people, drives my mom nuts. But anyways, in the room of 15 works, only one was without people, and it wasn't really that great a scene.

I went into the gallery of American paintings, and saw this really nice landscape of a volcano. It was called Sandwich Islands, done by Jules Taverner.

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