Story of a myth: Orpheus and Eurydice
Mythology from cultures around the world has produced some of the most beautiful love stories ever told. This is especially true for ancient Greece !
Out of all of the mythic love stories told from this time period, perhaps the one that stands out the most is the story of Orpheus and Eurydice.
Top 5: Love Stories in Art and History
Although it sometimes seems like true love only exists in fairy tales, there are many examples of real-life love stories throughout history. Here are five beautiful love stories from real figures in the world of art and history.
Great Parisian characters: the Marquise de la Païva
Courtesan, Marquise then Countess, discover here the extraordinary destiny of the most famous courtesan of the Second Empire.
Focus on: Bernini
During your visit to the Louvre Museum or the Palace of Versailles, I will undoubtedly tell you about an artist who is very close to my heart: Bernini. I discovered this artist during my studies in Art History, but I loved him when I was walking through the rooms of the Borghese Gallery in Rome, which I had the chance to show you when I was working in Rome as a guide.
Women Artists: Félicie de Fauveau
Women Artists: Félicie de Fauveau The character of Félicie de Fauveau is as emblematic as it is unique. Nostalgic for an era she did not live through, royalist, catholic, single and feminist, this sculptor has committed her life and her art to defend a political utopia expressed above all by the image put at the […]
Story of a myth: Saint Michael
After a little trip to Mont St Michel, I decided to take a look at the story of Saint Michel. You know that archangel in armour that kills the dragon? I felt like revising my biblical iconography classes, and learning more about the legend that links it to the Mont St Michel… of course, I […]
Close up: Impression, Sunrise
One of the first museums to reopen after the quarantine was the Marmottan Monet Museum. During a visit to the museum, which holds the world’s largest collection of works by Claude Monet, I found myself face to face with one of his first masterpiece: Impression, Sunrise. Painted in 1872-73, it is undoubtedly one of […]
Women Artists: Rosa Bonheur
Famous French animal painter of the 19th century, particularly recognized in England and the United States, Rosa Bonheur led a life that was both eccentric and conventional, a life of freedom!
Close up: Olympia
The undisputed icon of modern art, now at the Musée d’Orsay, caused a scandal in its time. Why that? Because it was an image of a real woman, while the painting itself was following the codes of great paintings… Let me explain!
Focus on: Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh, son of a pastor, was born on March 30th 1853 in Zundert (Netherlands) An unstable child but gifted for drawing, Vincent has among his uncles the founder, in Paris, of the Goupil art gallery. In order to learn the art trade, Vincent was sent to the gallery’s branches in The Hague (1869) and then to those in Brussels and London (1873-1876). After a series of romantic setbacks, he takes refuge in mysticism and in writing letters to his brother Theo, which will be an outlet for the troubles of his soul. After several years of solitary wandering, painting takes precedence over preaching and he begins to paint at the age of 27!