Category Archives : sculpture


A dread and terrible Queen – the bust of Nefertiti.

Photo: Neues Museum, Berlin. ‘As we have it the bust of Nefertiti is artistically and ritualistically complete, exalted, harsh and alien… This is the least consoling of great art works. Its popularity is based on misunderstanding and suppression of its unique features. The proper response to the Nefertiti bust is fear‘ — Camille Paglia (my […]


The Comtesse de Chastellux

Angélique Victoire de Durfort, Comtesse de Chastellux (2nd December 1752-14th November 1816) depicted in a wonderful sculpture by Louis Simon Boizot. This piece currently lives in the Louvre. Angélique was daughter of Aymeric Joseph de Durfort, Duc de Civrac, and his wife Anne-Marie de La Faurie de Monbadan, and was sister to the Marquise de […]


Bronze statue

I was completely staggered when I came across this wonderful statue on the website of the Met Museum in New York. It looks really modern, maybe Art Deco, doesn’t it? However, it actually belongs to the 3rd – 2nd century BC and is a fine example of Hellenistic bronze sculpture. It depicts a veiled and […]


Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, Basilica St Denis, June 2010   Recently updated !

On the 21st January 1815, the remains of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were moved from their resting place close to the Madeleine in Paris to the Basilica St Denis, there to lie for eternity alongside the bodies of their ancestors. Their bodies rest in the crypt below the main church, but above there stands […]


Paris – Troisième Journée

Our third day began in an unfortunate manner with us all sleeping in until past ten in the morning, which meant we lost some of our impetus for getting out and doing things bright and early. After a breakfast by the Louvre, we headed down into the Metro to get a train to the Marais […]


A very grand lady

Angélique Victoire de Durfort, Comtesse de Chastellux (2nd December 1752-14th November 1816)  depicted in a wonderful sculpture by Louis Simon Boizot. This piece currently lives in the Louvre. Angélique was daughter of Aymeric Joseph de Durfort, Duc de Civrac, and his wife Anne-Marie de La Faurie de Monbadan, and was sister to the Marquise de […]


Petit Trianon, September 2007.

Peering through the gates towards the front façade of the Petit Trianon. The elegant staircase that leads up from the entrance vestibule to the first floor. Me looking rather thrilled in the upper vestibule. I can’t wait to go back! The famous portrait of Marie Antoinette by Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun lives in the Petit Trianon. Words […]