When Sally and I went to the Louvre, we were looking forward to seeing the fabulous art – you know, the Mona Lisa, etc., But I had another agenda. I wanted to get up close and personal with the wood paneling, door casings, over mantels and crown molding – to study profiles and proportion, take pictures and record my observations.
Arriving via the Metro was pretty cool.
And while seeing the classical order of the building’s exterior was exciting, I was ready to dig in.
Visually it was overwhelming – ranging from rooms and spaces that were so over the top with gilding they glowed to rooms that were rather simple and unadorned by comparison.
What was interesting was once you cut thru the gilt and overstimulation, common threads began to reveal themselves… Stylistically, as the interior architecture simplified and evolved toward Neoclassicism, certain forms and patterns remained. How coves and crowns at the ceiling were expressed. How wall surfaces were trimmed and articulated. How soft sensuous door jamb profiles grew out of ornamentation. It was breath taking and validating. I have been telling my clients who want French style/trim profiles, you can’t find it or buy it in the catalogues. And I was right!
I can’t tell you how many times I was told, “Don’t touch!”
This was where I figured out the panorama mode on my phone… Loved being able to talk in a room in it’s totality!
But… The real treat of the day was dessert at Angelina’s! Fresh raspberry sorbet and whipped cream! Heaven!
Next post, artsy images…
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