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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Schongauer paints an intimate scene of Mary and the Christ child surrounded by symbolic details—roses, strawberries, and goldfinches.
Impression, Sunrise captures a quiet morning in the port of Le Havre, but a closer look illuminates the changes happening in 19th-century Europe.
Moreau paints with brilliant jewel-like colors, and everywhere we look the figures seem filled with Melancholy.
Winged, human-headed bulls served as guardians of the city and its palace—walking by, they almost seem to move.
This beautiful pot was created over 5,000 years ago, and its decoration echoes its shape.
Tightly rendered in a dark palette, Le Retour reimagines a traditional New Testament subject in the picturesque French province of Brittany.
Filled with playful images and captions, the Hileq and Bileq Haggadah delighted its fifteenth-century users much as it continues to do today.
Demons as haunting as these could be a sign of delirium, or just another of Grünewald’s otherworldly creations.
The Catalan Atlas reveals how one 14th-century Jewish mapmaker understood the political and ethnic realities of his world.
The Pont du Gard is one of the greatest public works projects spearheaded in the Augustan age.
Napoleon masterfully manipulated his image, and this painting meant for Parisian audiences is pure propaganda.
Delacroix's orientalist fantasy exhibited to great acclaim in the Paris Salon.