In just a few weeks I’ll be headed to Italy! I was very honored to be invited on this trip and could not pass up the opportunity to connect with professionals in the travel industry, catch up with fellow bloggers, and take an art pilgrimage to see one of the greatest pieces of Western Art.
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Several religious practices are popular in Taiwan, although the line between them is often blurred. Buddha can be found in Taoist temples and living by Confucian ideals is compatible with any faith tradition. Reliably it is actually the art and architecture of a temple that can be used to determine the beliefs of its worshipers. One excellent contrast between temple design can be found in north Taipei where literally across the street from the Taoism Baoan Temple is the Taipei Confucius Temple. Let walk through this elegant temple to understand what is unique about its decorations and why the temple is decorated this way.
The monthly ArtSmart Roundtable brings together some of the best art-focused travel blogs to post on a common theme. This month we are finding Art that Inspires from our travels. Check out all the stories below!
Art by itself is empty; it requires an audience to react, contemplate and interpret it for themselves. It is the skill of the artist that turns pigments on a board and chipped away marble into something that can elicit emotion or opinion from viewers. Every art connoisseur is different, so it is very common for us each to like different styles or pieces. I certainly have my favorites and not-so-favorites. This month the ArtSmart Roundtable is looking at “Inspiring Art” so I thought I’d take a look at not just art that is beautiful or emotional, but art that simply astounds me.
After visiting several temples in Taipei, I got a feeling for what made each unique – whether it was the size, the deities enshrined within, or the devotion of the local worshipers. By far, the temple with the most beautiful and extensive decoration was the Baoan Temple in the northern part of the city. From the elaborate art throughout the complex, it was evident that the community supported the preservation of this historic temple. It is no surprise then that Baoan was awarded the 2003 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Conservation. With attention paid to every visual detail, this was such a rewarding temple to explore.