Le Concert Champêtre(aka The Pastoral Concert) at The Louvre. This Titian/Giorgione(?) painting is beloved to me for many reasons, one of which is described below
It was not too long ago, early June to be exact that I posted celebrating the 10,000th unique visitor to 3PP. I am delighted to announce that today, the 20,000th visitor arrived, from El Salvador, reading my Rembrandt article!
20,000 art & history lovers have traversed 3PP. Thanks to all of you!
This milestone has but one significance to me - because 3PP is a joyous hobby done out of love, and such metrics do not mean dollars. What it does mean is that people are interested in art and history - interested in looking at the images presented, and dare I say interested in the wonderful links and mysteries between art and history through the ages.
Not being totally oblivious to the way the web works, I understand some of the new features have contributed to the dramatic rise in traffic, such as the podcasts and videos - particularly the Caravaggio series. Then there were the new interviews featured, including authors, a digital artist and an art historian(to date) - with many more to come. Finally, there is also the element of exposure on other sites and more popular blogs such as Alexandra Korey's Tuscany Arts and Irene Hahn's Roman History Books and More.
I personally think 3PP's strength is its ability to appeal to different audiences, not just the art or history communities, but students, video gamers and digital art fans, and the odd curious colleague - whom when they discover I am the one responsible for 3PP are filled with praise, perhaps mixed with shock. As a health worker, it is a welcome escape to travel through time and talk about my favourite artworks!
I would like to present the most wonderful bit of feedback I have received to date. This story resonated with me because it reminded me of a positive experience I had in high school, with a wonderful teacher who encouraged my interest in Renaissance history and art.
I must admit, being a cynical scientist, there is a part of me that wonders if this feedback is true. I have even tried to verify that this painting has been at the Louvre for the last few months because I know it has done some travelling in recent years. I dearly wish it is not some unusual type of hoax! Even if it is then bravo to the original author for taking the time to bolster my spirits in such elaborate and creative fashion!
Dear 3 pipe problem
I would like to tell you how I enjoy your blog site and say thank you because it earned me a nice gift on a visit to Paris with my family. I found your site looking for pictures of the brain hidden in Michelangelo's sistine chapel paintings. I did a google image search and eventually found your article and the nice pictures - including the one of the brain.
I have always enjoyed drawing and art so saved your site to my favourites and read all the articles over the next few days. The one about Shakespeare and the Samurai was cool! My older brother has some Kurosawa films and he let me watch them after I showed him I read about it and was interested in it. We now talk about it all the time.
Not long ago I visited Paris with my family. We went to the Louvre of course. What was most exciting for me was not the Mona Lisa, but Le concert champêtre by Titien. I remembered your article on this and was so excited when I saw it up close. Our tour guide was a young guy called Jacob - he was talking about this painting to the group - and he also seemed to think it is really special. I felt comfortable enough to raise my hand and tell him what I had read on your site. I said even though the painting now has Titien as its painter - how there is a link with Giorgione and the Roman writer Varro, who wrote about Muses and that is what this painting is about. My parents gave me a surprised look, and everyone in the tour group clapped their hands! Jacob said, "this is a very special young man we have here." It was a bit embarrassing, but a nice feeling too.
Later Jacob came to find me and my parents at the gift shop and give me a large expensive catalog book of the Louvre. He said it is a present to me to encourage me to keep my interest alive in the arts. It is a really great book with many wonderful pictures and descriptions. My brother told me I should write to tell you this, and helped me write in English because he has lived in UK and his English is better than mine!
Thanks so much!
What a lovely story! Thanks to the person who sent this!
If you have not read my original article on The Pastoral Concert, please do so by visiting here. Some more information on this masterpiece is also available on the Louvre Museum's official site.
Whilst I do not expect 3PP's traffic to maintain this progress in mathematical terms, what I can do is promise to keep working to bring wonder and delight to the contemplation of the history of art, and some related topics - both old and new.
A very special thanks is extended to art historians Monica Bowen, David Packwood and Alexandra Korey, whose encouragement and advice have been invaluable. Also a special mention to Vicki Leon, who was the first brave author to take the plunge and be interviewed by 3PP!
Now, on with the show!