McNay Art Museum, San Antonio

One of my favorite places we visited in San Antonio was the McNay Art Museum. We ended up visiting there because they had a Norman Rockwell exhibit. My great-grandfather was an artist around the same time (and a bit after) Norman Rockwell. Grandpa Ruth (his name was actually Al Buell… his wife’s name was Ruth. As a small child, I just assumed that since Grandpa Ruth was married to Grandma Ruth they must have the same name. But I digress) painted story illustrations for magazines such as the Saturday Evening Post, ads for companies like Coca-Cola, portraits, and lots of paintings of his family. The Rockwell exhibit explained a good bit about his process in making his paintings and it was really interesting to compare and contrast his process with Grandpa’s.

The rest of the museum was also fun because it is in an old house built in the 30s by Mrs. McNay who had a lot of money and a love of peacocks. This combination created a beautiful space with lots of Spanish tile work. Here are some of my favorites:

This peacock mural was out in the courtyard.

This peacock mural was out in the courtyard.

One of the walls in the courtyard.

One of the walls in the courtyard.

Outside steps.

Outside steps.

Each step had a different tile design.

Each step had a different tile design.

Don Quixote!

Don Quixote!

The ceilings inside the house were also fabulous.

The ceilings inside the house were also fabulous.

A doorway on the front of the house.

A doorway on the front of the house.

Details from said doorway.

Details from said doorway.

Again with different tile designs for each step.

Again with different tile designs for each step.

The house.

The house.

The McNay Art Museum was certainly a lovely way to spend a morning in San Antonio. They had modern art, American Art, European Art, sculpture, and, of course, a temporary exhibit on Norman Rockwell. The grounds were also pretty, but I feel they would be best explored sometime in September or October…. I would definitely recommend a visit next time you’re in San Antonio.

As for the rest of this week around here on my blog, I’m hoping to tell you all about Smoky the Cowhorse tomorrow (I finally finished!) and maybe bring you up to date on my progress with Disney movies and blanket crocheting. Then Friday will be more photos from this week. This week hasn’t been terribly exciting, but I’m sure I can find something to photograph. Until then, happy Wednesday to you!

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