Da Vinci Exhibit

Musée du Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

1} Portrait of Leonardo da Vinci by Francesco Melzi, 1515-1518 2} Tete de femme, dite La Scapiliata- L’Echevelee , 1500-1510 3} Anatomie, Crane sectionne- Verso

An Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer whose genius, perhaps more than any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance ideal. The Louvre has marked the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci {1452-1519} by building upon their collection with additional paintings, drawing, manuscripts, and sculptures that will be on display until February 24, 2020 for the world to view.

Da Vinci is one of the most intriguing personalities in Western art, and I was completely captivated by the large number of drawings that recorded his thinking, along with the copious number of notebooks that were on display.

1} Study of Hands, 1474 2} Etudes pour une Adoration des bergers ou pour une Adoration des Mages, 1478-1481 3} Detail of a Centralized Church, 1488.

The way the exhibit is presented/setup, one cannot help noticing that da Vinci’s curiosity and insatiable hunger for knowledge never left him. He was constantly observing, experimenting, and inventing, and drawing was, for him, a tool for recording his investigation of nature and the world.

Kathleen

Favoris de Paris

La Ville des Lumières

The Eiffel Tower is the “Erector Set” of the 1880’s. As children my oldest brother had this brand of metal toy that he played with and would construct a myriad of versatile objects. Gustave Eiffel built this wrought-iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars for the 1889 World’s Fair, and as Parisian’s like to indicate on a regular basis…… it was not meant to be a permanent structure.

We spent seven hours in the Louvre on Saturday after it reopened and my absolute must see upon each visit is the Nike of Samothrace. This 2nd century Hellenistic sculpture has been a favorite of mine since college and has been prominently displayed at the Louvre since 1884.

It has been years since I frequented a tearoom and these tasty desserts are from the Café Richelieu-Angelina in the Louvre. The combination of elegance, charm and refinement are part of a breathtaking setting that over looks the main courtyard with the Pyramid [designed by I. M. Pei]. Angelina’s is famous for l’Africain an insanely rich hot chocolate that is served in a white ceramic pitcher with unsweetened whipped cream and powdered chocolate sprinkled everywhere …. and even you aren’t a chocoholic … this drink will blow your away!!! Next to the l’Africain is the pear and apple tart that if I can ever reproduce at home would be my crowning glory!

Still more to come,
Kathleen