The Lure of the Louvre
If Sally and I had tickets to fly to Paris for the Holidays this year, we would go in a minute. Sadly we do not… If we were, we would plan another visit to the Louvre. It’s collections are so vast, it is impossible to see them all in a day. My guess it would take a week. During our stay, Sally and I mapped out a day, planning to spend the bulk of our time in the Richelieu wing taking in it’s architecture and details. As I have mentioned in previous posts, my feeling is that French architecture and details of the 17th and 18th century are very different from our English Heritage.
This room pretty much sums it up visually.
I’ll focus on the paneled walls in this post. There are three different trim profiles! On the left, trim #1 below wainscot and above wainscot. Smaller, more delicate, it is used to frame the larger decorative wall panels.
Close up of trim # 1. Notice how paint is used to help define/reinforce the inner raised panel.
Trim #2, below wainscot and decorative wall panel. Visually, it felt like a picture frame floating within another piece of trim.
And the third decorative panel trim above the chair rail.
The simple chair rail.
And amazingly sensuous door jamb.
Have you noticed how few, if any, true radius curves are used?
Sally and I found these shaped repeated in many variations and forms. Their expression and use was consistent, even though each room was decorated differently, including rooms from different periods.
Let’s take a look, shall we?
Wainscot detail… Panel trim similar to trim #1 above. Much simpler door jamb. but it retains a sexy curve.
Trim similar to #3 above.
While highly ornamental, the trim hierarchy remains the same.
Shall we take break and grab a snack?
Refreshed? Let’s conclude with a few artsy shots that capture the mood.
In no particular order. Winged Victory.
I found myself looking upwards frequently.
French style eye candy.
Hope you enjoyed and have been inspired by the tour… Next stop Versailles.
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