Aesthetics in Antiquity
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In its broadest definition, aesthetics is concerned with sensory perceptions, the essence and perception of beauty, emotions and judgments related to perceptions, as well as art in all its forms (music, painting, gastronomy, etc.) and all its aspects (work, creativity, … Read More

Louvre: Leonardo da Vinci – Mona Lisa (La Gioconda)
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Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo Denon wing – 1st floor – Mona Lisa room – Room 6 We did not forget the emotion that shook the civilized universe when one morning in August 1911 spread the … Read More

Louvre: David Teniers (the Younger) – The Works of Mercy
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Richelieu wing – 2nd floor – Flanders, 17th century – Room 22 The Louvre Museum has quite a number of paintings by David Téniers, a painter so spiritually realistic. It is useless to describe them, for they consist of the … Read More

Louvre: Titien – Woman with a Mirror
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Denon wing – 1st floor – Mona Lisa room – Room 7 Normally it was called Laura di Dianti, Titian and his mistress, or even under this shorter title, the Mistress of Titian, this magnificent portrait of a young woman … Read More

Louvre: Andrea Solario – Madonna with the Green Cushion
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Denon wing – 1st floor – Grande Galerie – Room 5 Happy these paintings which have a familiar and popular name that repeat all the mouths. Madonna with the Green Cushion! Pretty name, pretty canvas! In a charming pose of … Read More

Louvre: Quentin Matsys – The moneylender and his wife
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Richelieu wing – 2nd floor – Germanic countries, 15th century – Room 7 The moneylender and his wife are seated in their officine, a modest stall that only shows two wooden shelves where account books are next to fruit. On … Read More

Louvre: Poussin – Et in Arcadia ego
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(also known as Les bergers d’Arcadie or The Arcadian Shepherds) Richelieu wing – 2nd floor – The French Caravagges – Room 11 At the edge of a country lane stands a tumultuous stone that reminds the passerby that a dead … Read More

Louvre: Pieter de Hooch – Card players in an opulent interior
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Richelieu wing – 2nd floor – Holland, second half of the 17th century – Room 38 No one, better than Pieter de Hooch, knew how to render the intimacy of the Dutch houses, their solid and comfortable ease, nor to … Read More

Sunday
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So, every Sunday I wipe the dust of the week‘s days Left all behind me.

Louvre: Greuze – The Broken Pitcher
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Sully wing – 2nd floor – Greuze – Room 51 We do not have the same enthusiasm today as Diderot for the sentimental compositions of Greuze, for his family scenes whose reputation is universal, but we admire in him the … Read More

Louvre: E. Murillo – The Young Beggar
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Collection of Louis XVI (acquired in 1782) , 1782 – INV. 933 In a sort of dungeon-like loft, a ragged child is squatting. The violent light of the sun which passes by the window brightens suddenly the sordid ragged, patched, … Read More

Louvre: Ingres – Madame Riviere
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Denon wing – 1st floor – Daru – Room 75 Nonchalantly stretched out on a deck chair, “the beautiful Madame Riviere” rests in a pose full of abandonment. His body, slightly inclined to the left, gives way to the softness … Read More

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