Saturday, April 24, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
A painter was painting a copy of Ingres's famous painting of Napoleon. It was like seeing double. It really is fantastic to see someone painting. It really makes you realize how hard and talented you have to be to be able to render fabrics and skin tones with paint.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
So I added a day trip to Versailles which was not part of my regular schedule. The Palace was as busy as usual. In the Coronation room, there was no way to get a picture of the painting without people being in the way. I can never figure out if this room is full of admirers or because it has benches to sit on. As always, it was jammed with people all chatting loudly and taking photos.
My blog is full of references to this paining. I'll never be tired of it. The painting at Versailles is a second copy. The original is in the Louvre. The artist David painted this second copy and last year I found out there was a third copy too. What a prospect to make a copy. The people are almost life size as you can see from the real people walking by. Once I get home I'll have more time to review the photos I took in the other rooms that are Napoleon related.
I have had a few emails while I have been travelling.
A few people are wondering if I am a real person or not. Yes! I am just a regular woman from Canada who loves Napoleonic history. Here I am getting a photo in the museum. Looks like I have a few new readers! Welcome!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
A charcoal sketch of the Roi de Rome! I could not figure out who sketched this but I am sure this must be an excellent likeness given that it was framed and kept. I research this a little more later.
One of the baby cribs. How over-embellished is this?
In 2008 I had a post about the table Napoleon signed his abdication documents on.
It was a difficult picture to take at the Fontainebleau Palace because the day I was there it was very busy. Last week I had the room to myself! So I made this tiny video to show you how lovely the whole room is!