When you get outside Paris, you will find Romanesque and Gothic churches of astounding beauty. In Paris, there's the Louvre, but make time for smaller museums, like the Musée Moreau and churches like Saint-Sulpice (where you can see newly-restored paintings by Delacroix).
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The fire that engulfed the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris was a terrible tragedy—though not an unusual one.
This portrait of an unnamed woman speaks volumes about slavery, politics, and gender in revolutionary France.
Delacroix's unusual choice of scenes in these murals bewildered critics for over a century.
A century before democracy was tested by social media gone rogue, Hausmann understood the dark side of technology.
Such a tease! This ambiguous portrait plays psychological and optical games with the viewer.
The subject takes control over the outdoor setting, expressing her independence in spite of limitations.
Picasso was a technically skilled draftsman—so why did he choose to take his forms apart?
In the suburbs, Parisians escaped the pressures of modern life. Monet painted their sun-drenched pleasures.
Renoir wanted to forget everything he knew about how to paint so that he could render light as it really is.
Shown with an architectural plan in his lap, this prince constructed temples to the gods and likenesses of himself.
Mary’s swaying hip, elongated neck, and tender touch of the Christ Child all imbue this golden sculpture with grace. A pomegranate signals death.
They wanted an epic Biblical image, or one from a Greek myth. He gave them a painting of a modern-day funeral.