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Napoleon III’s apartments at the Louvre – 9

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

Napoleon III’s apartments at the Louvre – 8

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.

Napoleon III’s apartments at the Louvre – 7

The royal love of all things gold is reflected in the collection. A few samples:

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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.

Napoleon III’s apartments at the Louvre – 3

No surface was immune to the artist’s love for color, ornamentation, and beauty.

Napoleon III’s apartments at the Louvre – 2

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.

Notre Dame – Paris

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

Notre Dame…

What an immense loss! I can hardly believe the images. Notre Dame cathedral was engulfed in a massive fire last evening that destroyed the spire and the roof.

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