I’m not a fan of free-verse, whichever language it might be in. However, Deepti Naval’s poetry is captivating. Not for its technical prowess or command over meter, but for its powerful imagery. Deepti consistently manages to evoke the most intense, personal images with such simple words; she cannot fail to pull the strings to your … Continue reading
Onward from the very interesting scientific instrument exhibit, and it was back to the bling.
Atlas holding up the world is part of an ancient Greek legend. My introduction to this Titan came from the stories of Hercules’ labors, where he got Atlas to help him steal a golden apple from Hera’s garden. The Greek myth had Atlas holding up the sky but later figures showed him carrying the earth … Continue reading
There was a room dedicated to scientific instruments of the age: a collection of the cutting-edge technology of the early nineteenth century and some old but tried and tested specimens as well. Literally nothing escaped the hands of the artist, even mundane instruments.
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.