Femmes Peintres 1780-1830 – Women artists, 1780-1793. Exhibition Review

"Je suis femme francoise & peintre; j'ai droit a votre confiance, a votre accueil & a celui du public; ma je n'accepte ni le votre, ni le sien; je veux le meriter" Avis important d'une femme sur le Salon de 1785 par Madame E.A.R.T.L.A D.C.S, 1785. On Monday I was supposed to visit the exhibition …

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A New Museum in Paris: Bourse de Commerce

After years of renovation works the Bourse de Commerce - Pinault Collection finally opens its doors to Parisian art lovers and - for now, not-so-many - tourists. It is a new art venue you should not miss if you are interested in contemporary art but also if you love architecture. The Japanese architect Tadao Ando …

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La Chandeleur and the best crêpe recipe

La Chandeleur (Candlemas) is a Christian religious holiday quite widespread in Europe and celebrated on Feb. 2nd. Its origin goes back to pagan time, when people used to celebrate the arrival of longer days and the new winter planting, lighting fires. When Pope Gelasius I decided to Christianize this holiday between 492 and 496 AD, …

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Small talks from Versailles: why Versailles is in Versailles?

When talking about Versailles' royal palace, I noticed that many people do not expect it to be so far from the city centre. To be accurate, the Chateau is not even in the outskirts of Paris, being Versailles a nice, indipendent town with about 90000 inhabitans located 14 miles west to the Ville Lumiere. To …

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Hell’s never been so cool – Focus on Rodin’s “The Gates of Hell”

"The Devil pulls the strings which make us dance; We find delight in the most loathsome things; Some furtherance of Hell each new day brings, And yet we feel no horror in that rank advance" - C. Baudelaire. There is something very true in this Baudelaire's quote and I am not referring just to moral …

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