PaulineMy hands were shaking as I pulled out the cell phone to take a call and inadvertently took a picture of Venus Victrix — Pauline Bonaparte, Princess Borghese, reclining in the Etruscan fashion, as she did for her husband, Camillo Borghese, — hidden from all indiscreet observers in the attic of the Borghese Villa; add to this a secret mechanism that makes the marble rotate, and imagine us turning it on, today in Paris at Musée Marmottan, where they house this exhibition on the three sisters of Napoleon.


About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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