When the Musée d’Orsay reopened yesterday I couldn’t wait to go and see the James Tissot “Ambiguously Modern” exhibit. The retrospective has been extended to run through September 13th 2020 in Paris. I was immediately captivated by Tissot’s work.
Musée Christian Dior in Granville is always on my list of places to visit when I’m in the area. The museum occupies Christian Dior’s childhood home in Normandy, Villa Les Rhumbs. The garden recently reopened following the confinement and I couldn’t resist a visit to see the roses in bloom.
Usually this is a “A Walk Through” series, however right now that isn’t possible. So today we’re going to take a walk around the exterior of the Musée du Louvre. I walked by on two different days which proves that the emptiness wasn’t just a fluke…it’s actually what Paris looks like right now.
I thought it would be fun to do a “virtual tour” of the Napoleon III Apartments at the Louvre for anyone missing Paris right now. These apartments are a perfect example of the Louis XIV style of French opulence and splendor, which I could definitely use a dose of right now. Along with the Galerie d’Apollon, the Apartments are one of my favorite parts of the Louvre.
It’s no surprise that the Galerie d’Apollon is an iconic room in the Louvre – it’s gorgeous and historically very significant. Recently, the space underwent renovations thanks to Cartier. The goal was two-fold: to bring the full collection of French Crown Jewels back together and to clean and restore the fabulous paintings and stuccos in the room itself.