Louvre: from Henry to Napoleon and Back to Henry


When changing regimes, let’s go easy on buildings. And let me show you how a Renaissance fireplace can become Empire style and then back Renaissance. The statues are really by Jean Goujon; it’s just with a few strokes of chisel they’ve been upgraded. The eagle still has a small shelf behind him to harbor a bust of Napoleon — the original bust busted after the Restoration. The H’s and N’s are the simplest things to change: only one line has to be moved a few degrees from the horizontal to the diagonal and then from the diagonal to the horizontal position.


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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