The royal love of all things gold is reflected in the collection. A few samples: Advertisements
Apart from the gilded furniture and bright fabrics, the collection also boasts of some fine statues, most copies of Roman or Greek originals long lost to us.
No surface was immune to the artist’s love for color, ornamentation, and beauty.
A substitute for a visit to Versailles if you cannot make it, Napoleon III’s apartments, preserved at the Louvre are full of things big and small to make you wonder at the skill and opulence of the age.
Eight days shy of one year, I stood inside the great cathedral on a cloudy, blustery, rainy Paris afternoon. I was not dressed for the weather the interiors were warm, dry, inviting. I ended up spending about 3 hours there, taking in a guided tour and staying back to marvel at the beauty and the … Continue reading
A throwback to the time when the Louvre still was a royal palace, the set of apartments from the time of Napoleon III have remained largely untouched since the time they were in use, in the mid-nineteenth century, providing a glimpse into the art and decor of the period. If, like me, you do not … Continue reading
A (possibly ceremonial) knife with the handle carved out of hippopotamus or elephant ivory. The handle shows a raid or battle scene, the raiding party probably having reached by boats seen at the bottom of the scene. The blade itself is carved from a specific kind of flint stone found in Egypt. There are only … Continue reading
Allow me to tell you a short story. It has to be short because it was inspired by a small set of squiggles on an ancient artifact, and my Holmes-ian attempt to deduce their origin. Here’s the piece. A man sat outside his hut, fashioning pots out of the riverside clay. He might be using … Continue reading