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Napoleon III’s apartments at the Louvre – 10

Onward from the very interesting scientific instrument exhibit, and it was back to the bling.

An ante-room with an impressively carved granite table and beautiful, full-length frescoes on the back wall.
A gold-embellished clock. Is that Orpheus with his lyre, I wonder?
Not gold-encrusted, but supremely garnish nonetheless. Father Time sits at the top, his nudity chastely hidden under a draped loin-cloth. His sickle shines forth (interesting aside, Time carries a scythe in modern iconography because the Greeks apparently confused “Chronos” or time with “Cronos” their harvest-god who. more obviously, had need of a sickle. The wings were a later addition though I am not clear why. To signify how fast times flies (bad pun, and not intended)? To make the grim figure more palatable? Whatever the reason, there he sits in all his glory.

About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.


4 thoughts on “Napoleon III’s apartments at the Louvre – 10

  1. extravagant, indeed! The details are beautifully captured.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Amy | 02/07/2019, 7:30 PM
  2. Amazing photos!

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Carol Anne | 02/07/2019, 11:45 AM

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