The Advent Calendar 2010 was a real success (more than 1000 unique visitors). We have selected paintings from the 19th century. Some of the painters are still famous. Some others are being rediscovered. A good example is Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824 – 1904). He was a French painter and sculptor in the style now known as Academicism. The range of his oeuvre included historical painting, Greek mythology, Orientalism, portraits and other subjects, bringing the Academic painting tradition to an artistic climax. He was very popular. At the end of his life, he made critics against the impressionist. He was then forgotten. But he was well represented in public and private collections in USA. His painting has inspired peplum movies. A big exhibition is now traveling in the world. It is currently visible in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. It will be in Madrid (Thyssen Museum) in February.
These painters were interested by the representation of the woman. The stars or the night were often seen as women. We are presenting now in the Monastery a selection of painting presenting women from some of the painters of the Advent Calendar under the title “Eternal woman”.
This exhibition will be visible until the 12th February. On 14th February, the Monastery will open its traditional exhibition dedicated to the theme of love. The topic of this year is already selected. We will present you a selection of some famous lovers couples in mythology, litterature and history.