The paintings of Louvre Museum – French school

 (The Crucifixion (1457-1459), Andrea Mantegna, tempera on wood) The Department of Paintings currently has about 7,500 paintings (of which 3,400 are exposed), covering a period that goes from the Middle Ages to 1848 (date of the beginning of the Second … Read More

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Louvre: Rubens – La Kermesse (The Village Fête, or Noce de village)

Richelieu wing – 2nd floor – Rubens – Room 21 The scene takes place in the middle of the Flemish countryside, in front of one of these inns near the village, whose bell tower can be seen there, through the … Read More

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Voltaire: What happened to Candide, Cunegonde, Pangloss, Martin, etc.

“Excuse me, once more,“ said Candide to the baron; “I beg your pardon, Reverend Father, for having given you a big blow of sword through the body.” “Let’s not talk about it any more,” said the Baron; “I was a … Read More

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Louvre: Raphael – Portrait of Dona Isabel de Requesens, Vice-Queen of Naples

(The identity of the model, designated in the ancient sources as “vice-queen of Naples” and confused, following an error of Brantome, with Joanna of Aragon, was restored to the benefit of Dona Isabel de Requesens, wife of Don Ramon Folc … Read More

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Voltaire: Travel of Candide to Constantinople

The faithful Cacambo had already obtained from the Turkish patron who was to take Sultan Achmet back to Constantinople to receive Candide and Martin on board. Both of them went after they prostrated themselves before his miserable highness. Candide, on … Read More

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Nattier –  Mademoiselle de Lambesc as Minerva, arming her brother the Comte de Brionne

In front of a drapery raised and fixed to a column, Mademoiselle de Lambesc sits on a rock-chair. Its body is three-quarters, slightly turned to the right, and its beautiful face, with imperious look, is seen from the front. She … Read More

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Voltaire: Of a supper that Candide and Martin made with six foreigners, and who they were

One evening Candide, followed by Martin, was about to sit down to the table with the strangers who were staying in the same inn, and a man with a face of sooty color approached him from behind, and taking him … Read More

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Voltaire: Visit to the Lord Pococurante, Venetian nobleman

Candide and Martin went in gondola on the Brenta, and reached the palace of the noble Pococurante. The gardens were pretty good, and adorned with beautiful statues of marble; the palace of a beautiful architecture. The master of the house, … Read More

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