Have you ever wondered where great artists find their inspiration? What led to Claude Monet painting his water lilies, and where did he paint them? Did you know that it is an actual place that you can explore, take-in, and maybe even inspire your own creativity?
Here, we have found and assembled the unique destinations where Claude Monet and Leonardo Da Vinci found their muse.
While looking out of a train window, Claude Monet noticed the French countryside of Giverny unfold in an ever-changing tapestry of history and topography, and he decided that he wanted to call the rolling hillside he watched pass by home. Months later, he rented a house set on 2.5 acres there, which he decided to purchase in 1890. With his new home, he set out to create the magnificent gardens he had always wanted to paint. For 40 years, Monet settled there and painted his inspiring landscape until his death in 1926.
Giverny sits on the right bank of the Seine River where it meets the Epte River just 50 miles North West of Paris, in the old province of Normandy. So steeped in history, archeologist have found cave paintings from prehistoric times in the area. Drawn by the landscapes, history, and the presence of Monet, the area has been home to great artists like Willard Metcalf, Theodore Wendel, Frederick Carl Frieseke, and John Leslie Breck — their art also adorns the city’s museums.
Many of Monet’s paintings were of his garden in Giverny, including most of his work from his famous water lilies, wisterias, and azaleas projects.
Claude Monet’s property at Giverny became a museum that opened to the public in 1980 after the completion of large-scale restoration work that has recreated his gardens exactly as they were during his residency. In Giverny, light winds often blow through weeping willows, tulips, cherry blossoms, azaleas, irises, and over 100 aromatic plants that fragrant the air like perfume, and you can hear birds serenade passersby to the melody of trickling ponds that are found throughout the village.
There are two parts in Monet’s garden: a flower garden called Clos Normand in front of the house and a Japanese-inspired water garden on the other side of the road. To learn more about exploring his property, check out the house and gardens for more information and admissions.
The other main attraction of the village is the Museum of Impressionism Giverny, dedicated to the history of impressionism and its continuation in the Giverny art community. Here, you can find many of the great artist’s works to pay homage to, as well as many others who have since joined the area.
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Did you know that one-third of the world’s art treasures are located in Florence, Italy, and that it’s also the birthplace of Leonardo Da Vinci? Florence is an open-air museum that has grown more beautiful over the centuries. The city itself is a trove of art – boasting some of the finest architecture and sculpture work that expresses the heart of Italian Renaissance to this day – an art piece you can explore.
Leonardo Da Vinci is without a doubt one of the most famous Tuscan and Italian historical figures of all time, but he certainly isn’t the only one. Michelangelo, Dante, and many other artists have transformed Florence into the masterwork of human ingenuity and imagination.
Da Vinci found inspiration in three forms: in nature, science, and in other artists, all of which are the foundation of Florence.
If you’re planning a vacation to Florence, we suggest that you visit the Leonardo da Vinci Museum where you can see real life examples of the artist’s inventions, sculptures, and artwork, and can discover the world, the life, and the works of the universally recognized genius. The quaint museum is on via de’ Servi 66R, the street that connects Piazza del Duomo with Piazza S.S. Annunziata where you are likely to learn more about the “eye of an artist” than anywhere else.
One of the oldest art museums in the Western world, the Uffizi Gallery, is unmissable. The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most famous museums in the world given the rich amount of unique artwork and masterpieces conserved within its walls, the majority from the Renaissance period. It contains works of art by great Italian artists such as Botticelli, Giotto, Cimabue, Michelangelo, Raffaello, and, of course, Leonardo Da Vinci — just to name a few.
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