The armoury section at the Louvre is not a large one; that is fitting, given how much else they have to share with the world. The beauty of the pieces on display though is remarkable indeed.
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.
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
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.