paris, france

celebration at the moulin rouge

paris streets

The Coronation of Napoleon I, painted by Jacques-Louis David, completed in 1807. Napoleon is dressed in coronation robes and was originally painted placing the crown above his own head. This was revised to show Napoleon placing the crown on Joséphine de Beauharnais, in a submissive, kneeling position in front of her husband. Napoleon's mother, Maria Letizia Ramolino, was painted in the stands in a more important position than the pope. She did not actually attend the ceremony in protest to the friction of Napoleon with his brothers.

The beautiful artwork on the Salon Denon first floor ceiling. I was not able to find a name or description for the majestic, beautiful work.  The Great Sphinx of Tanis, granite, dated to 26th century BC. It was discovered in the ruins of the Temple of Amun-Ra in Tanis. Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss, marble by Antonio Canova, 1777.  The Statue of Ebih-Il, gypsum with inlays of schist, shells, and lapis lazuli; discovered at the Temple of Ishtar in Mari, dating back to 25th century BC.

the louvre

The trocadÉro at sunrise

Liberty Leading the People, painted by Eugéne Delacroix in 1830. The painting is commemorating the July Revolution of 1830, which toppled King Charles X of France. The fighters represent a mixture of social classes, ranging from the bourgeoisie to the revolutionary worker. In the distance of the painting, the Towers of Notre Dame
can be seen. It is believed this artwork, Liberty Leading the People, was the influence for Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables.