Category Archives: Toy Guillotine

Toys of Revolution (Continued)

I do not come here often. There’s the same old merchandise since the nineties. What do they carry? Well, the souvenir shops carry the four sizes of Eiffel Tour, postcards showing a dozen or so views of Versailles, fake XVIII … Continue reading

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XVIII Century Portrait

The Romans would call it a map of experience, Saint-Simon — a battle-field where every vice fights for the posession of its master, Oscar Wild — a Victorian voodoo fetish, and I call it another reflection where everything is backwards.

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… the moon over the shoulders of mountains, executioner scratching his back with an ax…

The cattle wouldn’t go anywhere near the Revolution Square, today’s Place de la Concorde: 2 625 people, butchered on the same spot, have saturated the ground with blood. The team of five executioners (Charles-Henry Sanson, 53 years old, sons et al) … Continue reading

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Poor Dead Puppies or the Shoes of Marie-Antoinette

One of the shorter works of Heidegger happens to be on the painting by Van Gogh, the painting of a pair of old beat-up shoes. In his essay Heidegger describes the shoes as those of a peasant, which gives the … Continue reading

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Relics at Carnavalet

One of the marks of the XVIII century is the appearance of the so-called sentimental ring. This is an inexpensive ring which serves to identify its owner with a cause, emotion, or idea. The ring may show professional, political or religious affiliation. It … Continue reading

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Conciergerie

Conciergerie is not a museum I recommend, although its central location and a low admission price may look tempting. The highlights of Conciergerie are the Women’s Courtyard and Marie-Antoinette’s Chapel constructed in 1815 on the spot of her prison cell. The … Continue reading

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Quay Brothers At Musée Carnavalet

On the third floor of the museum there is a small shelf where you can see some personal belongings of Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI, the ones the king and the queen  were allowed to keep while they were locked up … Continue reading

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