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Hildegarde is a very nice hen and visitors like her a lot. But she is a bit noisy and some have claimed about that. Not easy to admire artworks hearing the hen in the courtyard. Since Hildegarde has a companion, a roster, it is even worse. Recently the Monastery hosts also three sweet little rabbits. We have decided to give a nice home to all these animals and we have build a  little house for them. In order to protect them from any fox, we have also put a barrier. At the same place, there is also a tree and a bench. Visitors can sit there and admire the nice lake of the Monastery.

Hen coop

Hen coop

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Most viewed kiss

We have published all the paintings presented in the exhibition “The Kiss” in the Flickr group of the Monastery and we have linked every painting to the corresponding picture. This allows us to know the most viewed paintings of the exhibition. Here is the top 3:

The last kiss from Romeo to Juliet, Francesco Hayez

The last kiss from Romeo to Juliet, Francesco Hayez

Francesco Hayez (1791 – 1882) was an Italian painter (Romanticism), renowned for his grand historical paintings, political allegories and exceptionally fine portraits. His other painting named “The Kiss” is also very well-kown.

The Triumph of venus, Angelo Bronzino

The Triumph of venus, Angelo Bronzino

Agnolo di Cosimo (1503 – 1572), usually known as Il Bronzino, or Agnolo Bronzino was an Italian Mannerist painter from Florence. Around 1546, Bronzino was commissioned to create a painting which has come to be known as “Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time” or “An Allegory of Venus and Cupid”.
This painting is an allegory. It doesn’t represent a scenery from the mythology, but different characters and their relations.

The first kiss, William Bouguereau

The first kiss, William Bouguereau

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825 – 1905) was a French academic painter. He was very famous in his time but today his subject matter and technique receive relatively little attention compared to the popularity of the Impressionists.

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Once upon a time, there were three little rabbits … so starts the story. Visit now the courtyard of the Monastery and meet the three little rabbits, the hen and the rooster.

Three little rabbits in the courtyard of the Monastery

Little Rabbit in the grass

Chicken and rooster

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I guess the snow will soon melt on the Monastery sim. So I have gardened a bit in the courtyard.

Spring in the courtyard

See who is back? Hildegard can enjoy the grass of the courtyard now.

Hildegard, the hen of the Monastery

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2010

In 2010, the Monastery will offer new exhibitions and activities.

We wish you a Happy New Year

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The snow has covered all the grass. The lake is frozen. It’s time to enjoy winter. A ski run starts at the top of the sim and goes behind the building of the Monastery. The ice of the lake is strong enough to allow skating. Have fun!

Ski run behind the Monastery

Ski run behind the Monastery

Skate on the lake

Skate on the lake

View of the frozen lake

View of the frozen lake

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Two angels

Sometimes a detail of a painting is very interesting …

Rosso Fiorentino, Madonna Enthroned with Four Saints

Rosso Fiorentino, Madonna Enthroned with Four Saints

Rosso Fiorentino, Madonna Enthroned with Four Saints (Detail)

Rosso Fiorentino, Madonna Enthroned with Four Saints (Detail)

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