While on the ship for 12 days, I was able to see the art everywhere on the ship. As I said before, the art director changed out all the displays around the ship every morning including the art gallery.
There were four auctions that took place while I was on board. For each auction the art was moved from storage to one of the larger lounges and displayed everywhere. Some sat on easels, some sat directly on the floor up against walls and rails. I was told there were over 300 pieces. That is a lot of handling. I was shocked to see how the art was handled. There certainly were no white gloves! The art director was assisted by whatever staff was available to help move the art (musicians, etc). The framed art was stacked sideways on dollys for transportation without even having something put between them. The frames were damaged (but potential buyers were told if they purchased a piece, they would receive a new frame). It really took away from the art to see it in damaged frames. As bad as that seemed, it was the unframed pieces that shocked me to see how they were handled. How many times had they been touched with bare hands being moved almost everyday, and sometimes several times a day? The easels used for displaying had metal arms that the pieces sat on. There was no protection. I seen several unframed paintings that had been damaged by the sharp metal edges. It hurt me to see this! It seemed like such disrespect for art and the artists.
While on board the ship, I had the opportunity to attend 3 art auctions held by the art director. These were the first art auctions that I have ever attended. I have to say that I was not impressed, or maybe just not understanding fully. Every piece of work had a reserve price on it, which is where the bidding started. You were able to purchase the art work for the reserve price at any time from the ship's gallery as long as it was still available. So I question why anyone would wait for the auctions and take the chance that someone would bid up the price of the piece you were interested in. What was interesting was listening to the art director talk about each of the artists and their work. I learned a lot about their backgrounds, their achievements, and why they do what what they do.
The ship I was on had a small art gallery. The art director was a young man from Croatia named Constantine. The gallery was not big, but he managed to display about dozen or two pieces at a time. The collection on board was over 300 pieces consisting of prints, originals, sculpture and even some metal art. Every morning he had two hours to change out all the pieces in the gallery, so every night for 12 nights, I would visit the gallery to see what he was displaying that day. He always took the time to talk to me about the artists and their work, and of course tried to sell them to me.
There was art in many other locations all over the ship. Some were permanent displays with writen plaques about the artist and their work. Others were temporary displays that changed frequently. It was wonderful that everywhere I went on board I had the pleasure of finding new art work. Everyday was an adventure.
I am back now from my wonderful travels but look what I came home to!
We started here from the Port of Naples, taking a tour down the coastline of the Bay of Naples through Sorrento all the way to Salerno. Narrow winding roads on the edge of the cliffs, up and down, with hairpin curves. The view was absolutly stunning. As we traveled, were able to see the volcano from both sides. I cannot imagine living in a place next to an active volcano. Never knowing when the next eruption will happen.
From there we went to Pompeii. I believe that this was one of the most overwhelming places we have visited so far. The massive size of the place, and everything left intact from 2000 years ago. There is so much historical information here. Only 75% has been uncovered and our guide told us that you can walk at a fast past for 8 hours and still not see it all.
Our visit to Naples was 4 hours shorter than our original plan so that our ship could change course in order to avoid a storm that was creating 50 ft waves.
A stone street where you can see the worn tracks from the carts.
unbelievable frescos everywhere. This is an alter for the Gods worshipped by people of this house.
shelves and shelves of antiquities collected
A quiet and beautiful island, with the town perched high on a cliff. A sleepy little town that seemed like a maze of narrow streets too small for vehicles. I watched a local artist sketching & painting in the street. I visited a couple of shops that sold the most beautiful glass works that are made by local artists.
The ruins of Ephusus were so amazing. They were such an advanced civilization for their time. Here I also seen the Temple of Artemus. Ephusus 3 is the largest open air museum in the world. As an archialogical dig site, they estimate that only 18% has been uncovered so far. It is estimated that it will be another 150 years before all is uncovered.
After the tour of Ephusus, I visited a place where they make Turkish carpets. So beautiful and what craftsmanship! And of course afterwards a little shopping in Kusadasi where I experienced traditional Turkish cuisine.
The leaning tower of Pisa
The Baptistry at Pisa
Athens, Greece. Here I climbed the slipery marble stairs up to the Acropolis. I walked around the Parthenon, seen the Temple of Athena, and the Arodeon Theatre. After that I visited the Temple of Zeus and experienced Greek Wine and cheese in the Plaka.