Lovre: François Clouet – Elisabeth of Austria (1554-1592), Wife of Charles IX and Queen of France (1570 – 1574)

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Richelieu wing – 2nd floor – Flanders, 17th century – Room 19 – Showcase 9 What a masterpiece this portrait of Elizabeth of Austria (1554 – 1592), Wife of Charles IX and Queen of France (1570 – 1574)! The finesse, … Read More

Louvre: Van Dyck – Charles I at the Hunt

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Richelieu wing – 2nd floor – Van Dyck – Room 24 The portrait of Charles I of England, which the Louvre possesses, is a legendary masterpiece. With his fist on his hip, on the sword’s side, his right hand resting … Read More

Louvre: Jan Van der Meer (Vermeer) – The Lacemaker

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Richelieu wing – 2nd floor – Holland, second half of the 17th century – Room 38 On a lacemaker’s craft, a young woman is leaning, attentive, and running in her agile fingers spindles and silk threads. His blonde head, crowned … Read More

Louvre: Lancret – Conversation

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La Caze Collection Lancret! What a delightful epoch and how many beautiful things evokes the name! To speak of Lancret brings us back to the beautiful days of Trianon and Versailles, at the time when these sumptuous residences sheltered the … Read More

Louvre: Correggio – Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine

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Denon – 1st floor – Grande Galerie – Room 8 It is said that Correggio, seventeen years old, came to Mantua and saw there the Victory of Mantegna. In fron of the work of the Paduan master, his artist’s soul … Read More

Louvre: Hans Holbein – Erasmus

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Richelieu wing – 2nd floor – Flanders, 17th century – Room 19 Hans Holbein is undoubtedly the greatest figure in German art and his illustrious contemporary Albert Dürer has to give him the first place. He practiced art in all … Read More

Louvre: Jan Steen – The Bad Company

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Richelieu – 2nd Floor – Holland, second half of the 17th century – Room 38 Here it is one of those scenes in which the Dutch painting has always exercised itself with happiness. In it we find all the qualities … Read More

Painting

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 (French Romantic art, Liberty Leading the People, Delacroix, 1830) Painting is a branch of plastic arts that represents a possible reality in two-dimensional artistic images created with the colors applied on a surface (cloth, paper, wood, glass, etc.). The goal … Read More

Constantin Netscher – The Little Princess

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On the terrace of a majestic park, in the style of that of Versailles, with fountains, balustrades, marble staircases, marine divinities, a very graceful young princess is represented. An abundant blonde hair frames her pretty face. Joufflue, plump, of well-drawn … Read More

Louvre Museum: Quentin la Tour – Portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour

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Quentin La Tour (Maurice Quentin de La Tour) was an admirable pastelist and a great magician of color; nature had given him less fortunate in character. He was usually quinteux and whimsical. Very advanced in the doctrines of the Encyclopaedists, … Read More

Louvre Museum: Gerard Dow (Gerard Dou, Gerrit Dou) – The dropsical woman

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The interior of the rich Dutch bourgeois. In an armchair is seated a woman whose face expresses suffering. Kneeling beside her and holding her hand, her daughter looks at her with tears. Behind the seat a servant is leaning over … Read More

Musée d’Orsay: Ingres – The Source

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INGRES, a great lover of lapidary formulas, once emitted this axiom: “The drawing is the probity of art.” Unshakeable in his cult of form, drawn first from David’s studio but especially from school of Raphael, Ingres never sacrificed the drawing … Read More

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