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L’Astronomer

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The Astronomer The Geographer, The Philosopher, The Astrologist, The Astronomer
Johannes Vermeer (1632 – 1675) Age 43

l'astonome
Musée du Louvre (1668)
Département des Peintures : Peinture hollandaise

Also see:
The Lacemaker (Louvre)
The Geographer (Städel Museum, Frankfort)

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Musée de Cluny

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Cluny
Musée national du Moyen Âge

Top Paris Museum #6: National Medieval Museum/Musée de Cluny

Despite the maps, guides and television shows which tell you exactly what you should see when you are in Paris, you may find that your favorite places are those you discover on your own.

I was decked out in my best December running gear, traveling through the Metro (ever read how Parisians dress up to go our, not to mention in your gym trunks?) And plotting my course through the Latin Quarter, when I bumped up to the Musée de Cluny. Now I know where it’s at and after my first visit to The Cloisters in New York City, I had an introduction and hope that Cluny could be even better than the annex of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Why Museums?

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MonaLisa
Once each year, we spend this week immersed in museums

It may be enough to spend one day exposed to “Masterpieces”
But, after that day, you start taking-them-for-granted, which is good because you can begin to form your own opinions

We join the pilgrimage up the stairs past Winged Victory to see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre 1st-thing each day. It never gets old. Then roam these majestic spaces, sometimes extremely crowded, first just attempting to identify the artist.

And are surprised when a “Picasso” does not look like a “Picasso” or when we mistake another artist’s work for a “Picasso”

And then we begin to appreciate that “Picasso” extends far from the sculpture in the local plaza or the selected painting in the Art Institute. You begin to appreciate the range of his work and how it influenced other art.

but only for one week . . .

pablo-picasso

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La Danse

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Cinema

La Danse — Le Ballet de l’Opera de Paris (Dance Documentary)
Frederick Wiseman (2009)

Le Louvre ou D’Orsay?

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David (Recamier)Manet

The Louvre or Musée d’Orsay?

One of these is an impressionist painting entitled Olympia, by David Manet

The other (neo-classical) is Juliette Récamier, by Jacques-Louis David
(a recamier is also a backless couch with a high curved headrest and low footrest – Merriam-Webster)

Le Chat Mort (Géricault)

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(le shah morr)

The Dead Cat Le Louvre
La Chat Mort

Théodore Géricault (1791 – 1824)
(Tay-oh-DOOR jay-ree-KO)

1st Major Work: The Charging Chasseur and the Wounded Cuirassier
Known for: The Raft of the Medusa (1818)

Other areas of specialization:
10 Portraits of the Insane
Still Lives of Severed Heads and Limbs
Anatomy and Action of Horses

According to my Louvre Calendar, Le Chat Mort was acquired in 2003 and at one time “bought from a second-hand dealer who had no idea of the treasure in his hand”

Géricault’s Grave at Pere Lachaise

Also See:
Le Singe Peintre (The Monkey Painter) Le Louvre
Jean-Siméon Chardin
Chat Assis (Seated Cat) Le Louvre
Egyptian Antiquity

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