The Dying Gaul

The first time I saw the sculpture of the Dying Gaul {Hellenistic period, c. 230–c. 220 BC; marble} was in February 2014 in the Pantheon shaped rotunda of the National Gallery of Art. The Italian government organized an artistic exchange program in 2013 marking the “Year of Italian Culture”, where centuries old pieces that had never left Italy were brought to the United States for viewing.

But, while in Rome at the Musei Capitolini you walk up steps into a gallery where the back of this sculpture is your first view. Next you begin to walk around the piece taking in items that are rarely seen from books; beside the warrior there is a trumpet, a sword, and a pentagram near one of his feet. To have time to view the sculpture without severe crowds was an honor, and seeing small details in the physical appearance of the Gaul, such as veins in his arms or the crease around the torso is absolutely exquisite.

Musei Capitonlini
Piazza del Campidoglio, 1, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

National Gallery of Art
Washington, DC 20565

Washington Post Article, December 12, 2013

The Georgetowner
1050 30th St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
January 26, 2014

Enjoy, Kathleen

The Austin Guide

The music scene and great food is reason enough to visit Austin, but as you wander throughout the town you notice the boost of creativity within the city limits. From musicians on every other street corner; galleries tucked into unassuming spots and the architectural history, well the uniqueness becomes most endearing after the first day. Listed are a few of my favorites spots!!

Rodney McMillian, The White House Painting, 2018. Vinyl and thread. 13 feet x 42 feet 4 inches. Commissioned by The Contemporary Austin, with funds provided by the Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize and was chosen by an independent advisory committee of renowned curators and art historians.

Sixth String by Randy Rudman
Me standing next to the 10’ Gibson Les Paul which is permanently on display at the corner of 6th and Congress, and the connection between performing and visual arts is astounding as you notice on the guitar the intersection of Sixth & Brazos.


El Naranjo

This Oaxacan cuisine is absolutely the best within the city limits. To start the meal was this fabulous Margarita with sea salt!!! The flavors of the meal were so fresh and bold, like the Guacamole con Chicharron that was served with corn tortillas and a salsa-verde that I want to attempt to remake at home. Then tacos de verduras al chintextle were the seasonal vegetables in a smoky chile pasilla oaxaqueno paste.Irene’s
The retro vibe that emanates from Irene’s was half the fun of visiting this quaint restaurant and former auto body repair shop. It took me back to the days of the 29 Diner off of Route 50 & 123, when food was as delicious as mom’s!!! Our group started the meal with the French Dip & chips, which was really tasty, like when we were kids. The burgers were from handmade patties and dessert was a gorgeous strawberry cake.

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