The faces of the seasons. In keeping with the riotous colors and overall expression of the age, these four busts, personifying the seasons are profusely adorned with the symbols of Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.
Onward from the very interesting scientific instrument exhibit, and it was back to the bling.
The royal love of all things gold is reflected in the collection. A few samples:
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