Tags: Arts, History, Museum, Uniquely Singapore
Last weekend, Itchyfingers found some time to visit this exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore. Collected over 500 years, this is the first time over 90 masterpieces from the collection of Prince of Liechtenstein are exhibited here. There were free guided tours but we didn’t want to wait for it to start. But later we did join and listen to bits and pieces from different guides about some of the pieces.
Some of the more famous masterpieces or those that left a deeper impression are these…
Portrait of a Man by Raphael, who defined the High Renaissance in Italy
together with his older contemporaries Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.
The model was posed in a three-quarter view, looking directly at the viewer
Head of a Bearded Man by Paul Rubens, who was among the first to make the
small compositional oil sketch significant. Notice only the face was done
with much details and the clothing were rather sketchy, suggesting that this
was a study rather than an actual painting
A closer look at this painting, The Birth of Apollo and Diana by Marcantonio
Franceschini. We were initially drawn to the babies – the girl had a little
crescent moon on her head while the boy had sun rays around his…very cute
Portrait of Maria de Tassis, also by Van Dyck. The details on the different
materials of her clothing are simply exquisite. Her gaze is so alive that the
guide said she had to turn away her bag that was printed with the lady’s
portrait so that she can sleep without the feeling of being stared at!
Besides portraits and landscapes, there were also a few very stunningly done still life painting…
Just when we were still in awe by the skills of the many masters, it was kinda anti-climax when we saw these collections…Why? There were a selection of 16 oil paintings from the National Collection on display that “draw links to the art of portraiture in Singapore’s historical context, exploring how it was an important representational mode between the late 19th and mid 20th century”. But these are not as impressive as the others, and the one that got Itchyfingers’ four itchy thumbs down was the one depicting our first president, Mr Yusof bin Ishak…thought the proportion of the head to the body was kinda off…hahah…ooops…But of course, we are no art critics and these are just our own sentiments from a lay person’s view… :p
But as anti-climax as it was, we managed to find something interesting too. There were three portraits of Governors of Singapore with names that we are all so familiar with…
The Princely Treasures from the House of Liechtenstein is now on at the National Museum of Singapore until 29 September 13. Do visit it if you have the time! 😀
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Tags: Animals, Cats, Uniquely Singapore
There’s a Chinese saying, “一山不能容二虎” – literally translated as “one mountain cannot contain two tigers”. This means that you can’t have two commanders or leaders in a troop or else conflicts will arise.
The same day Itchyfingers first encountered Putih, the Lion King, we actually spotted this other kitty. He was sleeping on the other chair further away from Putih….
Normally we would see the two boys resting on different chairs or tables near each other. Sometimes they would be hiding under two separate cars next to each other…
One recent night, Itchyfingers decided to visit the two boys at night….
We were playing with Putih for a while before his face lightened up when he heard someone coming. Apparently this man’s mother-in-law who stays on the second floor, feeds Putih regularly. And yes, she calls him Putih while the man calls him “Gigantos” for his size…No wonder Putih looked happy to see him…and then he did the cutest thing a kitty can do….
Then he entered the lift with the man! So cute!!!! I always suspected that
cats know how to take the lift cos once there was a kitty appearing at my
doorstep shortly after I took the lift up on the eighth floor…Wahahah….
We should have followed them into the lift and see Putih’s facial expression! Whahah….But we did see him following the man to the second floor unit from the ground floor….No wonder sometimes we couldn’t find him…Maybe he went upstairs for a snooze…? :p We were just wondering why Mr B didn’t follow them to the second floor…
Itchyfingers got our answer very soon. One late afternoon, we were molesting Putih while he was chilling on his dry riser outlet throne. Suddenly, the lazy boy seemed to sense something….
But being hungry and impatient, he decided to go find them himself….?
Paparazzi Itchyfingers followed….
Just when Putih made his way up the turn of the stairs, he suddenly made an unexpected dash up!
Ah-ha! So! Putih was obviously unhappy to see Mr B at his feeding site outside
the Malay family! There was another kitty but I think she belongs to another
family…She hissed at me when I approached her later…!
I tried to help Mr B by calling Putih softly…
And Mr B seized the opportunity to flee for his life! But the Lion King was
not going to let him off that easily! He gave chase and cornered Mr B at the
stairway and started to give him a piece of his mind! Look at the size difference!
Mr B is not a small tom cat, but he is nothing compared to the almighty Lion King!
Putih looked even larger and intimidating with his fur raising up; his thick tail
swept from left to right as he yelled words and words of warning at Mr B!
“How dare you even think of invading into the King’s territory! How many
times have I warn you not to go up there?!”
Mr B was totally shaken! He didn’t dare to utter a single meow! Itchyfingers
were hiding at a corner witnessing all this, and we couldn’t help giggling!
After a while, as if feeling self-conscious when he discovered someone were
looking at him, Putih started to calm down a little and sat down….
It took Mr B a while to slowly back off away from Putih…Not wanting to block
his escape route, we walked down gingerly…Here, Mr B was figuring
whether to run upstairs or downstairs….I think eventually he realised he
would agonise Putih further if he were to go back to his feeding spot, so he
plunged up his courage to run past Putih and down the stairs!
Seeing that the storm was over, with Mr B retreating to another corner, we went for our dinner. No wonder Tisu Boy’s friend, who used to stay here and knew both kitties, said they are arch enemies! And we thought they were best of friends to stay so close! Hahahah! Seemed like Mr B is indeed the side kick! 😀
After our dinner, we went back to check at the boys….
See the funny video of Putih scolding and puffing at Mr B!
Putih sounded like a baby…Maybe those reports from army boys hearing babies at night were actually cries from cats?!? See he looked at us from the corner of his eyes before turning over, feeling self-conscious! Hilarious!
Tags: Animals, Cats, Photography
Ever since Itchyfingers got acquainted with the Lion King, Putih, we would drop by frequently during the weekends to visit him before going for lunch at the nearby market.
Most of the time you would see His “Meowjesty” chilling out on his various “thrones”….
Itchyfingers have been saying Putih is a big kitty…I think he’s the biggest community cat we have ever seen…But I don’t think it’s because he’s fat. He’s just big and muscular…hahah… 😀
Just how big is Putih the Lion King?
See how big Putih is compared to the length of Tisu Girl’s arm…From the
tip of the middle finger to the elbow is about 40cm, plus another palm size…
I should think Putih is at least close to 54cm long from head to his butt,
excluding his tail…Will try to remember to bring a measuring tape next time…
Sometimes, we would catch the King snoozing on this “throne”….
Once we saw His “Meowjesty” hiding under his throne…peeping at his humble subjects…
Another time, we found His “Meowjesty” hiding from the paparazzi under a car…
..to confirm that Putih is a boy! 😀 Wahahaha!!!! Like all community cats in
Singapore that have been neutered, Putih had his left ear tip clipped...Too
bad our little Lion King has also been neutered so he won’t have any handsome
Putih sulking cos he won’t have the chance to meet beautiful kitties like our
Fat Lady Dusty…Itchyfingers cannot imagine what kind of cute kittens they
would otherwise have produced!
Another rare occasion when the handsome boy was relatively active, we caught him strolling and surveying his territory…
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