© 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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blogpic_goldfinchEdinburgh – One of the most iconic paintings in the world, which has never before been seen in Scotland, will make a flying visit to Edinburgh as part of an exciting programme of autumn exhibitions at the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS), it was announced today. The Goldfinch, a beautiful and mysterious masterpiece from the Golden Age of Dutch art, which was painted by Carel Fabritius in 1654, will be on loan to the Scottish National Gallery (SNG) for six weeks only, from 4 November to 18 December. Across town at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (SNGMA), a unique showing of work by two internationally renowned artists – Scotland’s Karla Black and Kishio Suga from Japan – will be another autumn highlight, occupying the entire ground floor at Modern One, while at Modern Two the year will be brought to a spectacular close with the much-anticipated Joan Eardley: A Sense of Place, a powerful exploration of the locations that inspired the artist’s remarkable body of work. In addition, the first in a significant new series of annual exhibitions exploring the Pictured: Carel Fabritius, The Goldfinch, 1654 Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague Page 2 of 5 National Galleries of Scotland is a charity registered in Scotland No. SC003728 extraordinary richness of the photography collection at the NGS will open at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (SNPG) this October, charting the development of landscape photography over the past 175 years.
Carel Fabritius (1622-1654) is often seen as the link between two giants of Dutch painting: Rembrandt van Rijn (1609-69), in whose workshop he was a star pupil and Johannes Vermeer (1632-75), on whose work he had a considerable influence. An artist of remarkable skill, Fabritius was tragically killed at the age of 32, when a gunpowder store exploded, destroying large parts of the city of Delft and killing hundreds of its residents. It is presumed that much of Fabritius’s work was lost in the explosion, and only around a dozen of his paintings survive. Among these The Goldfinch, which was painted in the year he died, is considered by many to be his masterpiece. The Goldfinch will travel to the SNG from its home in the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, in The Hague. The painting has never before been shown in Scotland, and has only been exhibited in the UK on a handful of occasions. When it was last shown outside the Netherlands, at the Frick Collection in New York in 2014, it was seen by a record-breaking 200,000 people (many of whom happily endured long queues in sub-zero temperatures).  Pictured above:  The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius,  1654

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Rail Europe Traces the Routes of Renowned French Impressionist Painters


NEW YORK, N.Y., August 25, 2016 – Rail Europe, the largest distributor of European rail products worldwide, invites travellers to follow in the path of world-renowned Impressionist painters by rail in Normandy this summer to discover the region that inspired their masterpieces.

From now through September 25, 2016, the French region of Normandy, located on the shores of the English Chanel and the Atlantic Ocean, in collaboration with the French National Railway Company “SNCF”, is holding the third annual Normandy Impressionist Festival, with cultural activities, art exhibitions, live shows, and more. The events feature famous works of Impressionist art highlighting the steam trains that revolutionized the era, including “Rain, Steam and Speed” by Turner, and Monet’s “The Gare St-Lazare” showcasing the Parisian train station. French trains are the perfect connection to enjoy Impressionist events in Normandy this summer.

In celebration of the event, three French TER regional express trains have been wrapped in duplicates of paintings by Monet and Pissarro and are being referred to as the “trains of Impressionism.” On board, passengers can discover famous art work on the walls with descriptive captions while they whisk through Normandy’s colorful country-sides, following the path Monet, Renoir and Delacroix painters would have used 150 years ago to travel the region by steam train from Paris. Departing from the iconic landmark Paris Saint-Lazare train station, which happens to be the train station that inspired Claude Monet for a series of paintings, the train stops at Vernon-Giverny, site of the house and garden where Monet painted his Water lilies series, and the Normandy capital, Rouen. The train’s final destination is the town of Le Havre, just over two hours from Paris. This special train service makes daily departures from Paris on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer.

Whether travellers catch this Impressionist train, or hop aboard a more traditional local TER train to Normandy, all passengers can enjoy train stations that have been decorated in celebration of impressionism in Normandy, and occasional shows by the “Impressionne Moi” (Impress Me) art company.

For more than a century, trains enabled Impressionism masters to explore the Normandy countryside, discovering sceneries which eventually served as back drops for more than a hundred paintings. From the end of the 19th century onwards, rail has permitted painters and regular passengers to escape the French capital of Paris and explore the inspiring country. Today, SNCF offers a variety of trains and seating options to cater to every need, taking travellers anywhere they want to go in France and across Europe.

For travellers who wish to make this easy connection to Normandy from Paris, visit Rail Europe to purchase a point-to-point local train ticket, or with a France Rail Pass, just board any Normandy-bound TER train with no reservation needed.

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Book now: The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

The V&A is staging an unprecedented, innovative and multi-sensory journey through Pink Floyd’s extraordinary worlds. This will be the first international retrospective of one of the world’s most pioneering and influential bands who are recognised as one of the top selling artists of all time.*TICKETS ON SALE NOW*  We bring you this item with the compliments of the Victoria & Albert Museum

Dates: May 13–  October 1, 2017
Presented by the V&A, Pink Floyd and Iconic Entertainment Studios

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Wonderful Waterford


The atmosphere in Waterford is more small town than big city but you’ll find lots to do in this mini metropolis in Ireland’s Ancient East.  Founded by the Vikings in 914, discover their legacy in the fascinating and walkable Viking Triangle where you’ll discover more than 1,000 years in 1,000 steps.  We bring you this item about one of our favorite destinations with the compliments of Tourism Ireland 



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