Art in France

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).

Some background

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Baron Antoine-Jean Gros, <em>Napoleon Bonaparte Visiting the Pest House in Jaffa</em>
Baron Antoine-Jean Gros, Napoleon Bonaparte Visiting the Pest House in Jaffa

Napoleon masterfully manipulated his image, and this painting meant for Parisian audiences is pure propaganda.

Delacroix, <em>Women of Algiers in Their Apartment</em>
Delacroix, Women of Algiers in Their Apartment

Delacroix's orientalist fantasy exhibited to great acclaim in the Paris Salon.

Marey, <em>Joinville Soldier Walking</em>
Marey, Joinville Soldier Walking

The title of the photograph suggests that this image of lines and dots in wavy bands represents a walking soldier. But how?

<em>Nike (Winged Victory) of Samothrace</em>
Nike (Winged Victory) of Samothrace

On the island of Samothrace, the wind whipped the clothing of this stone goddess of victory.

Théodore Géricault, <em>Raft of the Medusa</em>
Théodore Géricault, Raft of the Medusa

Géricault’s massive canvas takes its format from history painting, but its subject is ripped from the headlines.

Amiens Cathedral
Amiens Cathedral

Above the entrance to Amiens, animated figures and flowing drapery attest to the increasing naturalism of Gothic sculpture in the 13th century.

The last work of Eva Hesse
The last work of Eva Hesse

Hesse proves that powerful, emotionally charged art doesn't have to be pretty.

A Byzantine vision of Paradise — The Harbaville Triptych
A Byzantine vision of Paradise — The Harbaville Triptych

This ivory triptych was an object of prayer and a vision of paradise for Byzantine viewers following iconoclasm

Fashion and Politics in Franz Xaver Winterhalter’s Portrait of The Empress Eugénie surrounded by her Ladies-in-Waiting
Fashion and Politics in Franz Xaver Winterhalter’s Portrait of The Empress Eugénie surrounded by her Ladies-in-Waiting

Fashion's power to reveal the nuances of political power, gender, and ethnicity.

The cost of war: Delacroix, Greece on the  Ruins of Missolonghi
The cost of war: Delacroix, Greece on the Ruins of Missolonghi

Delacroix's painting is about much more than the Greek War for Independence—it is a universal statement about the cost of war.

Peter Paul Rubens, <em>The Apotheosis of Henry IV and the Proclamation of the Regency of Marie de’ Médici</em>
Peter Paul Rubens, The Apotheosis of Henry IV and the Proclamation of the Regency of Marie de’ Médici

The painting is an overwhelming and learned piece of artistic propaganda.

Before the fire: Notre Dame, Paris
Before the fire: Notre Dame, Paris

The total or partial destruction of churches by fire was a fairly common occurrence in medieval Europe.