Music, Inspiration and Harmony

Palacio de Bellas Artes. Mexico City Downtown

This is a detail of Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) building. The building was constructed between 1904 and 1934.

The sculpture on the left side of the upper arch is dedicated to Music, it consists of a winged muse playing the violin and a man writing the notes of the music he hears. While the one on the right side is dedicated to Inspiration, is a muse with wings in a protective position whispering in the ear of another.

The main figure at the center of the building’s tympanum is Harmony, which represents the balance between positive and negative emotions.

Links of other photos of Palacio de Bellas Artes that I published in my blog:

Mexico City Downtown

B&W: Youth

Mexico City Downtown

Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) at left. Banco Nacional de Mexico (Mexico’s National Bank) at right, and Palacio Postal (Postal Palace) in the middle.

Walt Disney Concert Hall Architecture Detail

Los Angeles, Calfornia

Dome of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City

Mission San José

San Antonio, Texas

This Spanish Mission is known as the “Queen of the Missions”, and is the largest of the missions located in San Antonio, Texas.  It will turn 300 years in 2020!

Nordstrom

Santa Barbara, California

I love the Spanish Colonial Style architecture that characterizes the City of Santa Barbara. Every building looks beatiful.

B&W: Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Path

Santa Barbara, California

B&W: Eagle

Santa Barbara, California

Casa Dolores

Santa Barbara, California

Casa Dolores is a Center for the Study of the Popular Arts of Mexico. It is located in the Botiller Adobe, a two-story adobe building, from around 1843, in Santa Barbara, California.

Unfortunately, when I tried to visit two years ago (time flies :D), it was closed. So I couldn’t see their collection of Mexican folk art to talk about it. I just took a photo from outside.