Louvre: from Henry to Napoleon and Back to Henry


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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.

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