Stiftung Rosengart - Rosengart Collection. works by Modigliani, Cézanne, Matisse, Renoir, Dufy, and Soutine, this gallery is sure to delight. An emphasized display of works by Picasso and Paul Klee. Pilatusstrasse 10. DSC_0568
Wednesday morning was free before out afternoon bus transfer to Basel and the Viking Rhine cruise boat. Susan and I made the most of it and, once again, Susan was the guide. She knew of the Rosengart Collection art museum. The museum is one of impressionism, cubism and modernism and displays works by Modigliani, Cézanne, Matisse, Renoir, Dufy, and Soutine, with an emphasis on Picasso and Paul Klee. The well curated collection was assembled by Siegfried Rosengart (1894-1985) and continues to be overseen by his daughter, Angela. It is said she is in the museum every day, and I am certain i saw her. A most interesting painting on display is her portrait painted by Picasso, who the Rosengarts knew very well.
On the other side of the Altstadt is the Lion Monument. We took one of the ever convenient trolleybuses to get there. The Lion of Lucerne is a sculpture carved into a rock face. Installed in 1821, it commemorates the 760 Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris. (A contingent of Swiss Guards was in the service of Louis LVI.)
In the area were a number of souvenir shops
Löwendenkmal - Lion Monument. Known as the Lion of Lucerne. Designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen and carved in 1820–21 by Lukas Ahorn. The monument commemorates the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris.
"... the famous Lion of Lucerne, executed in 1821 to the memory of 26 officers and about 760 soldiers of the Swiss guard, who fell in defending the Tuileries on 10th Aug., 1792. The dying lion (28' in length), reclining in a grotto, transfixed by a broken lance, and sheltering the Bourbon lily with its paw, is hewn out of the natural sandstone rock after a model by the Danish sculptor Thorvaldsen. Inscription: Helvetiorum fidel ac virtuti. Die X Aug., II et III Sept. 1792. Haec sunt nomina eorum, qui ne sacramenti fidem fallerent, fortissime pugnantes ceciderunt. Duces XXVII. Solerti amicorum cura cladi superfuerunt Duces XVI".--Baedeker 1903. DSC_0573
and cafes. A bought a Swiss Army Knife at one of the shops. There were all manner of different varieties and the proprietor was most helpful in describing them. Shops were also selling cuckoo clocks, though we would wait for the Back Forest. We had lunch at one of the cafes before returning to the Hotel Montana.
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