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. Nicolae Sfetcu, 13.08.2017

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

Louvre: Claude Gellée (Lorrain) – Ulysses returning Chryseis to her father (Marine, setting sun)
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Richelieu wing – 2nd floor The scene represents a port with emerald waters, lined with sumptuous palaces. Strange and anachronistic palaces such as Ulysses’ eyes never saw, which, however, saw so many things: colonnades supporting terraces, marble steps with large … Read More

Louvre: Murillo – Assumption of the Virgin
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Denon wing – 1st floor “The Virgin, in a white robe, her shoulders covered with a mantle of azure, crowned with stars and her feet on the crescent of the moon, ascends, with the lightness of a vapor, towards the … Read More

Louvre: Gericault – The Raft of the Medusa
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Denon wing – 1st floor – Mollien – Room 77 In 1816 the frigate Medusa, sailing to Senegal, was separated by the storm, off the coast of Morocco, the flotilla she escorted, and ran aground on the bench of Arguin, … Read More

Louvre: François Boucher – Diana leaving her bath
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Sully wing – 2nd floor – The painters of Louis XV – Room 38 Diana leaving her bath is a delightful painting; it is considered perhaps the masterpiece of Boucher. “The goddess, one of her nymphs, kneeling beside her, has … Read More

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