Category Archives: French Revolution

Le Gros’ Portrait of Napoleon’s Aid-de-Camp

By the time he was twenty-one, Antoine-Jean Gros had become a painter of the victorious French Revolution and Napoleonic wars. After meeting Josephine in Genes, he was received by her husband and assigned to an art expert position; basically, he … Continue reading

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Anish Kapoor and Versailles

A couple of days ago Anish Kapoor invaded the historical park of Versailles; and the reaction of the press was as negative as it had ever been on such occasions. I think it was something he said about his installation … Continue reading

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Luxembourg Garden by Jacques-Louis David

Perhaps I should remind my reader that in the days of the French Revolution, most of the parks were given away for pasture or raising crops and were often divided into lots; and though this anecdote seems to find its way … Continue reading

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In the Garden

In the XVII century human figure surrounded by flowers had a predominantly religious connotation. By the XVIII, this portrait of Duke Penthievre and his wife is but a family picture signifying happy marriage: it is a somewhat melancholy document, for … Continue reading

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Water and Moral Rectitude in XVIII Century Painting

By mid 1700’s water is back with vengeance; and in the late XVIII century its use does not only concern itself with hygiene, but quickly gains the grounds in the social and political discourse: it is not just a bath … Continue reading

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David to Marat

There are two opinions about copying. The first one sees all copies as inferior to the original; the second admits that a copy may be an improvement, or an inspiration for another original work. A good example there would be … Continue reading

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Life of a Princess

It is a little awkward, but I am yet to meet a boy who would like to be a prince — a fireman, a policeman, maybe even a gynecologist, anything but a prince; consequently, it is to the aspiring little princesses that … Continue reading

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Madame Elizabeth

When in 1794 Madame Elisabeth was addressed at her trial as a sister of the tyrant, she observed that if what her accusers said were true, she wouldn’t find herself in the situation where anyone could address her that way. … Continue reading

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Taking of the Bastille, Louis XVI’s Perspective

It is often ignored by the historians that ever since 1784, that is five years before the revolution, Louis XVI was planning to destroy the Bastille. Not only that, his intention was to erect in its place a monument to … Continue reading

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The First Blade

  Another remarkable artifact to see at the Museum of Crime is the blade of the first guillotine. This blade is from La Place de Greve — that is  where the executions would traditionally take place. Anyone who has seen … Continue reading

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