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A New Fountain

It is commonly believed that men lead in a dance; or at least generations of skillful female dancers gave us that impression; for in those dances where the sequence of steps is a bewildering multitude, men are commonly at a … Continue reading

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Louis XIV at the Haunted Palace

I’ve talked a little about ghosts and a lot about perfumes; but I have never mentioned how closely the two happen to be related: it goes back to 1654 and even earlier, so this is a Paris-Versailles, or rather Louvre-Versailles … Continue reading

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Mirror, M….

Jorge Luis Borges thought mirrors are evil because of their capacity to multiply the abominable. I think the XVII century mirrors look sinister, they are darker and deeper, were very expensive and made with quick silver. By the time an … Continue reading

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A Horse, a H….

This equestrian statue of Louis XV used to decorate la Place Louis XV — what today is known as la Place de la Concorde. The statue fell one of the first victims of the French Revolution. The small replica I … Continue reading

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His Majesty

Prior to the XVII century portraits like this one were rare; but if we consider the claim that a seated figure always represented authority, we may wonder why an iconography of such importance and universality had been so neglected, was … Continue reading

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Double Emotion

Charles Le Brun catalogs facial expressions: he raises eye-brows, lowers corners of lips, wrinkles foreheads…; once the whole range is exhausted, he complicates things; his idea of complexity is double emotion: Here we can examine admiration and astonishment, for according … Continue reading

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Versailles and Classicism — an Imaginary Landscape: Patel, Poussin, Lorrain.

Oh, that exotic locale to which a painter transports us! And while transporting us there, he often makes us time-travel; this is how we end up in a place either far away or a long time ago, or both long … Continue reading

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