Thursday, March 15, 2007

Palace of Living Art- Laughing Cavalier

The Palace of Living Art at the old Movieland Wax Museum housed many recreations of famous pieces of art. This tableau shows the 1624 painting by Frans Hals; Laughing Cavalier. Like many of the pieces in the Palace, it shows a wax figure next to its respective painting. The museum always attempts to sculpt the figure as close to the painting as possible. This, in essence, makes it a three dimensional portrait.

This is the figure, not the painting. It may just be me, but he doesn't seem to be laughing? Seeing the amount of detail that goes into the statue, these sets are probably more difficult to pull off the than the movie sets.

After the removal of the Palace, the collection moved North to the San Fransisco Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf. Laughing Cavalier, unfortunately, cannot be found there, although other works can be seen at this smaller Palace of Living Art.

View more information on Laughing Cavalier here.

Visit the Palace of Living Art in San Fransisco here.


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