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Style Empire in Painting

Style Empire continued after the Bourbon restoration to the throne of France. The Style is well understood in furniture and other decorative arts, but in painting, apart from the portraits of the Emperor Napoleon I, Josephine and a few of her … 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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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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The Boots of Napoleon

Napoleon had very sensitive feet. He could never put on a pair of brand-new boots without having his valet, Constant, break them in first; so, first Constant, then Napoleon would wear the same pair of boots. It is rare to … Continue reading

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