Last revised: May 26, 2013                                                                                           

  Continuing our exciting tour through the Louvre we discovered the
   very first instance ever recorded of
    'Road Rage'
 
They didn't have cameras in the 1700s, but an artist  captured 
   this historic event.

First Ever Recorded Instance of ROAD RAGE -  (1710)

(Major Secret Uncovered at the Musée du Louvre`)

 'The Two Coaches' c. 1710 - Oil on Canvas 127 x 160cm
    
      by French Painter  Claude GILLOT  (1673-1722)
 

The Two Coaches

Claude GILLOT  (1673-1722)


Alexander the Great Entering Babylon

Charles LEBRUN  (1619-1690)


Arab Tent (1866)

Edwin (Henry) LANDSEER (English Painter 1802-1873)


        Decorative Arts: 19th Century        

Beautiful vases

Medicis vase - Louis-Bertin PARANT - (1758-1851)
(In 1824, Louis XVIII gave his brother the Comte d'Artois (the future Charles X) this
 Medicis vase with a painted cameo-style decoration by the painter Louis-Bertin Parant.)


The fashion for cameo-style painting

The band of decoration on the body of the vase is the work of Louis-Bertin Parant, a specialist in painting imitation antique cameos. The band is painted as a continuous scene, with the figures assembled around the emperor, seen in profile, sitting in a Roman chariot drawn by two horses; other figures surround two standing women (possibly Religion and Faith) crowning a potted lily on an altar. Cameo-style painting was very popular during the Empire, as well as during the Restoration.

Clodion model vase - Alexandre Brongniart - (1770-1847)

This vase (one of two) was acquired by Louis XVIII in 1818 as a gift for his brother,
 the Count d' Artois, later Charles X and they were named vases "of Monsieur"
(Meaning "of the King's brother:).


        Paris Metro        

Public Transportation in Paris was great! We bought our 3-day unlimited tickets at the Waterloo
Station before we left London, which was super-convenient to travel all over this beautiful city.

Some of the trains were older without automatic doors, but we quickly learned how to open them.


Conciergerie

Conciergerie - This imposing Gothic palace, built in 1301-15 was turned into a prison, controlled by the concierge,
 or keeper of the king's mansion. During the Revolution the prison became a place of terror when thousands were held
here awaiting execution at the guillotine, including Marie-Antoinette. King Louis XVI also met the guillotine here.


 

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