On our visit to the Hermitage in 2002
Sarah Milroy has written an interesting travel article with a focus on art, in Saturday’s Globe and Mail, called Seven wonders of the world: Art. Milroy raves about the best great art museums she’s visited (actually more than seven!):
Musée Rodin in Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Venice Biennale and the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, Museo del Prado in Madrid, Chianti Foundation in Marfa, Texas (surprise), the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City, Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel) in Padua, The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and the biggest surprises – the Vancouver Art Gallery and Haida Gwaii Village here in BC.
As always, one reads these kind of articles through the filters of one’s own experiences. So it is most interesting for me, one who hasn’t been to many great museums in the world, to note that we’ve been to just a few of these. We were in Venice once for a day but very disappointingly could not get into the museums because of flooding. We’ve been awed by the Sistine Chapel and marvelled over the vast riches in the Hermitage Museum. But what is amazing is that Milroy includes the Vancouver Art Gallery in this list, and of course I do plan to see the upcoming Haida exhibition that she writes about. One day we will also visit the Haida Gwaii, up the coast from here, though it’s a difficult and expensive trip because you have to use guides and travel by seaplane or boat to get to that village. And maybe one day we’ll visit the other “seven wonders”!