The Louvre Museum, Paris

I hope readers will recall that several days ago, in a fit of pandemic fatigue and nostalgia, I posted an article in which I reminisced about interesting art I have experienced while traveling, including pictures of the art I had encountered. I also invited readers to send me pictures of their art experiences, with my promise to publish future posts featuring readers’ pictures. In response to my art nostalgia post, I received several notes saying kind things about the article, but so far only one reader has actually submitted pictures. Even though I have received only one reader submission, I am going to post the submitted pictures here, both because I really like the submitted pictures, and because I hope that by publishing these pictures, others might be encouraged to send in pictures as well.


The pictures I have posted below were sent in by Neha Yardi, of Howden Mumbai. The pictures Neha submitted were taken in quite a variety of different settings and geographical locations.


First, Neha submitted two pictures from St. Matthias Cathedral in Bratislava, Slovenia.


Neha’s description: “The great equestrian Baroque statue of St Martin sharing his cloak with a beggar. The figure is the work of the sculptor Georg Rafael Doner in 1744.”



Neha’s description: “The beautiful stained glass window behind the statue in the St Martin Cathedral.”


I will say that Bratislava itself is a wonderful place. My travel post about my Bratislava visit can be found here.


Neha also sent along a picture from of another Central European city; she sent a picture of  the Liberty Statute, located on the top of Gellért Hill in Budapest, Hungary. I also enjoyed visiting Budapest, as I described in my travel post about my visit there (here).



Neha also submitted yet another picture from Central Europe, this one from the Czech Republic, as she describes below.


Neha’s description: “The Sedlec Ossuary is a small Roman catholic chapel, located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints part of the former Sedlec Abbey in Sedlec, a suburb of Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic. The ossuary is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people, whose bones have, in many cases, been artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel. The ossuary is among the most visited tourist attractions of the Czech Republic – attracting over 200,000 visitors annually. Who would have imagined a church built out of bones!”

Neha also submitted one other picture taken in Europe.


Neha’s description: “Graffiti (Artist unknown to me): Brick Lane, London East End – it is so stunning, bold and life like – it is a painting of a tribal man of Masai Mara, Kenya.”


The final picture Neha submitted was taken in India, as Neha describes below:


Neha’s description: “Tribal art on the walls of a home in Raghurajpur – near Puri in Odisha (a state in the eastern side of India near Bay of Bengal) : Raghurajpur is a heritage crafts village out of Puri district, India, known for its master Pattachitra painters, an art form which dates back to 5 BC in the region and Gotipua dance troupes, the precursor to the Indian classical dance form of Odissi. It is also known as the birthplace of one of the finest Odissi exponents and Guru, Kelucharan Mohapatra. Apart from that, the village is also home to crafts like Tussar paintings, palm leaf engravings, stone and wood carvings, wooden, cowdung and papier mache toys, and masks.”


I am very grateful to Neha for submitting her wonderful pictures and interesting descriptions. I hope that by publishing Neha’s pictures, other readers will be inspired to send in their own pictures of their encounters with art — any type of art, painting, sculpture, architecture, and even the performing arts as well (as I discussed in my original blog posts). If other readers send in pictures, I will publish the best of them (best measured by most interesting or unusual) in future posts. I hope many readers will submit their pictures.


Special thanks to Neha for sending her pictures and descriptions along.