Monday, September 12, 2016

A visit to Princeton University Art Museum

Strolling past this stately building on our way to the Princeton University Art Museum, John and I enjoyed a Saturday outing despite the temps in the high nineties.  At times there was even a light breeze under the canopy of mature trees.
Princeton University is just a forty-five minute drive for us and the museum is free (donations accepted).

Princeton University is a private Ivy League research university located in Princeton, New Jersey. Founded in 1746 in Elizabeth as the College of New Jersey, Princeton was the fourth chartered institution of higher education in the Thirteen Colonies and thus one of the nine colonial colleges established before the American Revolution. The institution moved to Newark in 1747, then to the current site nine years later, where it was renamed Princeton University in 1896.
New Light Presbyterians founded the College of New Jersey in 1746 in order to train ministers. The college was the educational and religious capital of Scots-Irish America
 We were able to listen as a choir practiced in this beautiful chapel. 

The Princeton University Chapel is located on the north side of campus, near Nassau Street. It was built between 1924 and 1928. Ralph Adams Cram, the University's supervising architect, designed the Chapel, which he viewed as the crown jewel for the Collegiate Gothic motif he had championed for the campus. At the time of its construction, it was the second largest university chapel in the world, after King's College Chapel, Cambridge. It underwent a two-year, US$10 million restoration campaign between 2000 and 2002.

The Chapel seats almost 2,000. It hosts weekly ecumenical Christian services, daily Roman Catholic mass, and several annual special events. source
 A placard found just inside the chapel doors.
A little about the Art Museum
Of course, this painting titled, Study of a Dog by Rosa Bonheur caught my attention. Painted possibly in the 1860's this long-eared terrier is a study in oil, 
 Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge by Claude Monet
 A Flower Walk (1874-75) by Albert Joseph Moore
 Some other works in this museum.
I am still using my cane (6-weeks post hip replacement surgery) when out of the house and working on getting rid of a limp, but I am doing well!

3 comments:

Ann said...

You're doing good with your recovery. This sounds like a fun and interesting day trip

Terra Hangen said...

You look pretty in your blue dress and good to hear you are healing. I would love to visit the Princeton Art Museum, those first 3 paintings you show are jewels. Princeton was noted for training ministers and many of our founding fathers including James Madison.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

wHAT A BEAUTIFUL BUILDING!

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