The Final Days of the Exhibition


To mark the 50 years since the restoration of the Grand Trianon in 1966 by General de Gaulle, the Palace of Versailles is playing host to the exhibition A President in the King’s Palace. This exhibition showcases the Grand Trianon as a Palace of the French Republic during the presidency of General de Gaulle.   The exhibition comprises archive documents, videos and photographs, including some items which belonged to the General.   Come and discover the fully refurbished apartments of the former president, and visit the huge kitchens built in the basement to cater for official receptions for heads of state visiting France.

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© Maisons de Victor Hugo / Roger-Viollet
This portrait, exhibited at the 1879 salon, offers a similar composition but reversed from that of photography of Nadar. The writer seated near a table leaning on a book. The assets of the same painting that photography became both real idealized images.  The picture remained in the family until 1934 at which time the granddaughter of Hugo, while Jeanne Negreponte the offered the state (it is now in the Museum of the History of France at Versailles). For the museum’s opening in 1903, Paul Meurice request a copy to Léon Bonnat who gave him that performed by his pupil Daniel Saubès.

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A 19th century Vase : Van Dyck painting his first canvas


Paris at the Petit Palais – This magnificent vase with handles in the shape of rams’ heads is signed on the base of the cartel by Lachassaigne, a painter and decorator renowned for the quality and excellence of his compositions on porcelain.   Lachassaigne reproduced a composition by the painter Ducis, who specialised in genre scenes with a historical theme. At the Salon of 1822, Ducis exhibited four paintings representing “The Arts under the influence of love”.   Van Dyck symbolised Painting, and Propertia de Rossi represented Sculpture. Two other subjects completed the series: Mary Queen of Scots making music with David Rizzio depicted Music and Tasso reading his poetry to Leonora d’Este represented Poetry.   A version of Ducis’s painting Van Dyck painting his first canvas is displayed in the same gallery.

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Don’r forget! World Ballet Day LIVE Returns Tomorrow – Tuesday October 4


World Ballet Day LIVE returns for a third year. The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and San Francisco Ballet will collaborate to broadcast 20 hours of behind the scenes footage, including special guests, classes, rehearsals and more. Last year, over 350,000 people from 150 countries tuned in for this exclusive event.

This year, for the first time ever, we will stream World Ballet Day LIVE via Facebook Live – the longest broadcast featured on this new platform. Be sure to like us on Facebook, so you’ll get notifications about the event.   The full schedule for the day will be released closer to the broadcast date.

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at The MET – Valentin De Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio


New York, NT – Not since 1973, when an exhibition of the French followers of Caravaggio was held at the French Academy in Rome and at the Grand Palais in Paris, has there been an attempt to bring the achievements of this extraordinary painter before a large public. Therefore, this exhibition will be a landmark event not only for scholars and students, but also for art lovers, who will discover one of the giants of French painting.  Although he is not well known to the general public, Valentin has long been admired by those with a passion for Caravaggesque painting. His work was a reference point for the great realists of the 19th century, from Courbet to Manet, and his startlingly vibrant staging of dramatic events and the deep humanity of his figures, who seem touched by a pervasive melancholy, make his work unforgettable.

Dates: October 7, 2016–January 16, 2017
Exhibition Location: Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, Gallery 999

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Icons of Florence – Palazzo Vecchio


It has been the town hall of Florence since the age of communes; this medieval building which was enriched and extended over the centuries. Even today, it combines political, administrative, management offices, the museum, as well as apartments, halls and structures which is worth to be visited.  We bring you this item with the compliments of Florence Tourism….


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Lugano’s Festa d’Autumno

The first weekend of October, Lugano celebrates the beginning of Autumn with a festival dedicated to local products.  The Autumn festival concludes the open-air events with a great festival in the pedestrian zone of Lugano. In the classical town set in a large colorful choreography and flavors you will find the typical grottos, much folk music and above the stalls where to buy local produce. A big party for everyone to celebrate together the beginning of the fall season.September 30-October 2 2016

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