The Musée Jacquemart-André is hosting an interesting expo of artists in the renaissance style of Fra Angelico. It seems to be a celebration of gifted Italian artists who mastered the art of creating exquisite, intricate fresco’s. It is not quite the same as going to Florence to imbibe the spirit behind these paintings and work. Nonetheless, I’m hoping to get lost in the works of Fra Angelico and other renaissance masterpieces. So I guess I’ve decided to spend the day off by indulging in a bit of escapism. Details of access, direction, opening times are presented beautifully here. The link also includes information on how to download a supplementary iPad/iPhone application to enhance the experience.
Tomorrow is All Saints Day an hopefully there will be enough time to profit from the museums and other things that will be open then. Luckily, I bumped into a list of options of museums and monuments that are going to be open despite it being a public holiday. So I put together a list, complete with links below… Decisions, decisions, decisions… La Sainte Chapelle Le musée des Arts Décoratifs La Fondation Cartier Les Égouts de Paris Le Musée de l’Érotisme Le musée du Parfum Fragonard Le musée Grévin La Halle Saint-Pierre L’Institut du Monde Arabe Le musée Jacquemart-André Le musée Marmottan Le musée de la Mode et du Textile Le musée d’Orsay Le Palais de la Découverte Le Panthéon Le Musée du Quai Branly Le musée Rodin L’Espace Salvador Dali Le musée du Vin Source: Paris.fr
The past week or so has been a flurry activity – but not too busy to squeeze in time to explore this vast, beautiful city. These are images from a studio of sculptor, Brancusi’s, work. Its all about straight, clean geometric lines – and he also clearly had aprofound love for kisses, the head, facial features and kisses. It’s a sweet place to visit. Brancusi holds the pride of place as one of modern sculpture’s pioneers.
The Museum gives a glimpse into the 19th Century, in the workspace of Dutch born artist, Ary Scheffer. It also acts as a befitting tribute to the artistry of the time, and the introduction of stunning painting techniques during the Romantic period. Several pieces of memorabilia are also housed here – in the form of intricate, exquisitely made jewellery and all manner of trinkets and artifacts from the period. The house was also a meeting place for several historical figures of the time whose indelible influence on the aura and form of this house are unmistakable. Address: 16 rue Chaptal – 75009 Paris
Jean Jacques Henner Museum from George on Vimeo. These are images from the Jean Jacques Henner Museum, possibly my favourite so far. It’s a tribute to one of the city’s greatest artists – who was respected as such at the beginning of the 20th century. It is clear why he built up such a reputation after a visit to his old residence that is way off the beaten tourist path. Jean Jacques Henner’s skill with the paint brush is remarkably displayed in this multi-storeyed, recently restored tribute to a astonishingly talented artist.
La Conciergerie, Paris from George on Vimeo. These are images from the “conciegerie” , the (in) famous site where Marie Antoinette and several other French faced the “Revolutionary Tribunal” – and their tragic fates where decided. In more recent times, it has become the set of many period pieces and movies. These aspects combined make a visit to the museum a glum depressing reminder of the now ennobled savagery of the Revolutionary tribunal – and evidence of how far France has moved from its past and continues to create a new image of itself and its future.
The New York Times recently carried a fascinating piece on some of the city’s famous art pieces that were seized as wartime booty in the past. Focusing particularly on the Louvre and Identifying Paris as the most significant victim of Hitler’s art theft during the second world war t “Hunting for looted Art in Paris” is a fascinating read written from the perspective of an author who made Paris the centre of her research as a grad student about nine years ago. it’s a really good read. (click on the heading above to read the NY times piece! it’s worth a read.