Yesterday Andrew stayed home so that Eldest and I could have a day out together. It's midterm week, and since Eldest didn't have any exams yesterday she didn't have to go to school.
Last year Eldest took AP Euro, which had a decent art history component. So we went to The Frick, and had a lovely time. Coming across paintings by Boucher and van Eyck and Goya was kind of like meeting friends she'd heard about and seen pictures of, but not met.
We giggled over the grim-faced portraits of Sir Thomas More and Thomas Cromwell positioned to face each other (Hans Holbein the younger), and marveled at the detail in a Chinard sculpture, and admired the light in the Dutch paintings. Eldest particularly liked the Limoges platters.
Afterward we went to a little cafe and had lunch. How civilized and enjoyable!