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A replica of Leonardo da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa' has been sold to a European collector for $3.4 million - 10 times its expected selling price

Leonardo da Vinci's world-famous "Mona Lisa" painting in the Louvre museum. Associated Press A copy of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" on Friday sold for $3.4 million. A European collector bought the replica via Christie's Auction House in Paris. The painting's longtime owner said it was the true "Mona Lisa." See more stories on Insider's business page. A replica of Leonardo da Vinci's world-famous "Mona Lisa" painting on Friday sold to a European collector for abo...
Tags: Art, News, International, Trends, Auctions, Paris, Christie's, Associated Press, Louvre, Mona Lisa, Christie, Da Vinci, Leonardo da Vinci, Louvre Museum, Christie s Auction House, Weekend BI UK


The EU has lifted restrictions for all US travelers, whether they're vaccinated against COVID, or not

European tourists outside the Louvre in Paris. Francois Mori/AP Photo American travelers can start taking European vacations again, whether they're vaccinated or not. The European Council said Friday that member states should "gradually lift the travel restrictions." The list will be reviewed every two weeks, and will be updated as needed, the council said. See more stories on Insider's business page. The European Union has officially lifted all bans against American travelers.In a...
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, News, US, Trends, Eu, European Union, Cnn, Tourism, Louvre, Reuters, European Council, Speed desk, Paris Francois Mori, Deutsche Welle France s Agence France Presse, Alexandra Ma Sophia Ankel


Pay your taxes to protect your passport

More tourists, including American travelers, are expected this year at the Louvre and other European destinations as countries continue to get a better handle on the coronavirus. (Photo by Dimitry Anikin from Pexels) Most Americans are looking forward July 4th to celebrations this year like the ones they enjoyed pre-COVID. The vaccinated hubby and I are among that group, although I admit that last year's fireworks free festivities were fine with us. Others, however, are planning on decla...
Tags: Texas, Taxes, Congress, Israel, Eu, State Department, Sam, Irs, Jones, Montgomery, Louvre, Internal Revenue Service, European Union EU, Tax Court, U S Tax Court, Mnuchin


What Makes Leonardo’s Mona Lisa a Great Painting?: An Explanation in 15 Minutes

The Mona Lisa may be on display at the Louvre, but best of luck appreciating it there. The first obstacle, quite literally, is the crowd that’s always massed around it (or, in the time before social-distancing policies, was always massed around it). Even if you maneuver your way to the front of the camera-phoned throng, the painting itself hangs within a thick glass case — can’t have a repeat of the 1911 theft — and has dimensions in any event much smaller than people tend to imagine. Af...
Tags: Art, Facebook, College, History, Pablo Picasso, Seoul, Louvre, Mona Lisa, Da Vinci, Leonardo, Payne, Leonardo da Vinci, Hieronymus Bosch, James Payne, Guillaume Apollinaire, Colin Marshall


The EU plans to lift restrictions for all US travelers, reports say

European tourists outside the Louvre in Paris, France. Francois Mori/AP Photo American travelers could start taking European vacations again soon. EU states agreed Wednesday to allow nonessential travel from the US, European media reported. Reuters reported that the change could take place in the coming days. See more stories on Insider's business page. The European Union plans to drop all bans against American travelers, multiple reports say.EU member states agreed Wednesday to lift C...
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, News, France, US, Trends, Eu, European Union, Tourism, European Commission, Louvre, Reuters, Alexandra Ma, Travelers, Paris France, Deutsche Welle


More Garden

More photos from a beautiful day inthe Tuleries Garden. A sculpture celebrating the author of Puss in Boots, Charles Perrault. I think this is the only cedar tree in the garden. The iris was just starting to bloom. The morning sun tipped the iris in silver. Great color but the tulips were finished.
Tags: Travel, Photos, Paris, Flowers, Louvre, Charles Perrault, Tuleries Garden


A woman will helm the Louvre for the first time in its 228-year history

French President Emmanuel Macron has appointed seasoned museum director Laurence des Cars to replace Jean-Luc Martinez as the Musée du Louvre's president-director.
Tags: Cnn, Louvre, Emmanuel Macron, Musee du Louvre, Jean Luc Martinez, Laurence des Cars


Louvre Gets New Director, Its First Female Boss In History

“The French president Emmanuel Macron has nominated Laurence des Cars, currently the president of the Musée d’Orsay, to helm the Louvre in a major shake-up at the world-famous Paris institution. … Des Cars will head across the Seine river to replace its current president Jean-Luc Martinez, who was unsuccessful in his campaign for a third term.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Paris, Louvre, Seine, Visual, Musée, Emmanuel Macron, Jean Luc Martinez, Laurence des Cars, 05.26.21


At Last, Bourse de Commerce—Pinault Collection Opens In Paris

“The reopening of Paris museums this week finally gives billionaire tycoon François Pinault the chance to showcase his vast contemporary art collection in the French capital, with works ranging from stuffed pigeons to slowly melting chairs. The museum’s launch in a converted 19th-century commodities exchange, blocks away from the Louvre, was put on hold twice due to the coronavirus pandemic after having suffered earlier planning mishaps, with an initial project abandoned in 2005.” – Reuters ...
Tags: Art, Commerce, Paris, Louvre, Visual, François Pinault, 05.17.21


Marcella the Cheesemonger

SAVE THE DATE! Please join me for my live, Facebook Fabulous Food Tour on the Rue des Martyrs on Wednesday, May 19 10am EST (east coast time), 9am Midwest time, 7am, West coast time, and 4pm Paris time. CLICK HERE to reserve your spot.  Despite a few misgivings about Facebook in regard to some of their practices and policies, I still think their initial idea of connecting people is a fantastic idea. While I have connected with many long-lost friends and high school classmates, I have ma...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Interviews, France, US, Georgia, Jura, Atlantic, Paris, Rob, Michigan, Fda, Mcdonalds, Louvre


Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo in Venice reopens with "It's Forever"

Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, Venice - Photo courtesy Gioielli Nascosti di Venezia   (Venice, Italy) One of the most unique and beautiful palaces in Venice is Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, with its circular staircase that spirals up to spectacular view of the rooftops of the city, the bell tower in Piazza San Marco on the horizon. Built in the 15th century, "bovolo" is the Venetian word for snail.    Tintoretto Paradise sketch & Presenze/Assenze by Alberto Pasqual - Phot...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Venice, Madrid, Louvre, Bauer, Laguna, VENEZIA, Veneto, Piazza San Marco, Tintoretto, Veronese, Thyssen, Paolo Veronese, Cat Bauer, LUXOS Magazine


The Pandemic Massively Accelerated A Digitization Trend

Today, we can see music, theatre, visual art, and new movies all from our chairs, couches, and beds. A year ago, not so much – heck, even the Louvre has put its entire collection online. “Many larger institutions like the Parisian giant had already made significant strides before last year to increase their online presence. But the rest of the cultural sector was forced into an innovative panic when COVID-19 struck.” – CBC
Tags: Art, Ideas, Louvre, 05.08.21


Catacombs of Paris: The city of darkness finds its new raison d'être

People have been digging up limestone and gypsum from below Paris since Roman times.They left behind a vast network of corridors and galleries, since reused for many purposes — most famously, the Catacombs.Soon, the ancient labyrinth may find a new lease of life, providing a sustainable form of air conditioning. Ancient mining areas below Paris for limestone (red) and gypsum (green).Credit: Émile Gérards (1859–1920) / Public domain"If you're brave enough to t...
Tags: Europe, Maps, London, Sustainability, Mining, Paris, Innovation, Urban Planning, Un, Wikimedia, Montmartre, Louvre, Seine, IGC, Montparnasse, CC BY SA


Giant statue of Roman emperor reunited with long-lost finger

Bronze finger found at Louvre is remounted onto Constantine’s hand at museum in RomeA giant statue of the hand of Constantine the Great in Rome has been reunited with its missing finger after more than 500 years.The 38cm-long bronze index finger, found in the Louvre in Paris in 2018, was remounted onto the statue at Rome’s Capitoline Museums on Wednesday. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Rome, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Sculpture, Paris, Italy, Archaeology, Louvre, Capitoline Museums, Constantine, Romea


Is This Guy Really At The Center Of The Century’s Greatest Art-Forgery Scandal?

Over the past seven years, “this scandal — now known as ‘the Ruffini affair’ — has engulfed figures ranging from curators at the Louvre to leading auction-house executives. It has also given rise to an endless litany of conflicting and sometimes changing opinions, both technical and connoisseurial. … Now, he has decided to tell his side of the story.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Louvre, Visual, Ruffini, 04.26.21


Fully vaccinated American tourists will be allowed to visit the European Union this summer, The New York Times reports

Tourists wait in line to visit the Louvre museum, the world's most visited museum, in Paris, Wednesday, May, 29, 2019. AP Photo/Thibault Camus The European Union will allow vaccinated Americans to visit this summer, a top official told The New York Times. EU and US officials are in talks about methods that could prove tourists' vaccination status. It would be a change from existing policy that restricts nonessential travel from the US. See more stories on Insider's business pag...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Science, News, US, International, Trends, Eu, European Union, New York Times, Paris, The Times, Vaccinations, Vaccines, Times, Louvre


New Turn In Saudi Arabia-vs.-Louvre ‘Salvator Mundi’ Drama (It’s Still About Spite, Though)

Last week several news outlets reported, based on a French TV documentary, that the world’s most expensive painting wasn’t in the Louvre’s big 2019 Leonardo show because Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (reputedly the work’s buyer) was angry that the Louvre’s curators refused to guarantee that it was Leonardo’s work. Now David D. Kirkpatrick and Elaine Sciolino report that French experts did, in fact, determine that Salvator Mundi is genuine — but that the Saudis were furious that the Louvre wo...
Tags: Art, Saudi Arabia, Louvre, Visual, Mohammed bin Salman, Leonardo, Elaine Sciolino, Salvator Mundi, DAVID D KIRKPATRICK, 04.11.21


Want To Visit The Louvre? It’s Collection Is Now Viewable Free Online

The French museum has released an online platform featuring all of the museum’s artworks, consisting of more than 480,000 pieces, the Louvre announced Friday in a press release.Art lovers and researchers alike will now be able to view the entire Louvre collection online for free. – CNN
Tags: Art, Louvre, Visual, 03.29.21


Want To Visit The Louvre? Its Collection Is Now Viewable Free Online

The French museum has released an online platform featuring all of the museum’s artworks, consisting of more than 480,000 pieces, the Louvre announced Friday in a press release.Art lovers and researchers alike will now be able to view the entire Louvre collection online for free. – CNN
Tags: Art, Louvre, Visual, 03.29.21


The Louvre Puts Its Massive Collection of Art Online

Late last week, the Louvre announced that it had put its entire collection online, over 482,000 works in all. Designed for both researchers and curious art lovers, the collections.louvre.fr database already contains more than 482,000 entries, including works from the Louvre and the Musée National Eugène-Delacroix, sculptures from the Tuileries and Carrousel gardens, and ‘MNR’ works (Musées Nationaux Récupération, or National Museums Recovery) recovered after WWII and entrusted to the ...
Tags: Louvre, Jason Kottke, Leonardo da Vinci, Le Brun, National Museums Recovery, Louise Vig


"The Louvre museum in Paris said Friday it has put nearly half a million items from its collection online for the public to visit free of charge."

"As part of a major revamp of its online presence, the world's most-visited museum has created a new database of 482,000 items at collections."  Yahoo reports.  Here's the site.  Here's the first thing I looked for: I wanted to see that because I have a strong memory of drawing it (in person) and only remembered my drawing (blogged before, here):  ADDED: Oh, no, wait. It's this one — an older, nakeder Voltaire. This is the "portrait absolument fidèle" that I drew: [Author: [email protected]
Tags: Yahoo, Law, Drawing, Museums, Sculpture, Paris, Louvre, Voltaire, Ann Althouse


And So It Goes...

  A panorama from east to west, looking southward on the mystical corner of Westfield and Westfield down in the heart of Broad Ripple Village proper.Off to the left is the vacant spot where once stood Brugge Brasserie, site of blog meets, get-togethers, and who knows how many lunches. They closed early in 2020 for non-‘Rona-related reasons and swear they’ll reopen someplace with less rapacious rents real soon now.Dead ahead is the vacant lot where the shell of the Broad Ripple Steakhouse stood....
Tags: Guns, Westfield, Louvre, Tam, Knoxville, Rona, Broad Ripple and Environs, Broad Ripple Village, Indy Bobbi, Boogie Burger, La Chinita


Lockdown Repainting In The Louvre Leads To A Lawsuit

Cy Twombly designed an Aegean sea-colored ceiling mural in the Salle des Bronzes at the Paris museum, which is undergoing various renovations while closed to the public – renovations including repainting the Salle des Bronzes’ walls. “A debate about the suitability of the new wall color — precisely ‘Marron Côte d’Azur,’ a reddish and black shade — has been circulating in the French press in recent weeks. On Friday, Twombly Foundation lawyers filed a lawsuit in a Paris court, demanding to reverse...
Tags: Art, Paris, Louvre, Visual, Aegean, MARRÓN, 03.05.21, Salle des Bronzes, Twombly Foundation


Stolen 16th-century armor returned to Louvre decades after theft

Two pieces of 16th-century armor have been returned to the Louvre museum in Paris almost 40 years after they were stolen.
Tags: Cnn, Paris, Louvre






Reviving Mosul’s Cultural Museum, Six Years After ISIS Destroyed It

It was six years ago last week that extremist forces rampaged through the place, smashing ancient Assyrian sculptures with sledgehammers, burning books, looting anything sellable, and wrecking the building. Here’s a look at how a consortium assembled by the Smithsonian, the Louvre, the World Monuments Fund, and the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage is assessing the extent of the damage (yes, still) and making plans to repair it. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Isis, Heritage, Louvre, Visual, Mosul, 03.02.21, Iraqi State Board of Antiquities


The burgeoning digital art market: a collector earns 5.5 million for a 10-second video he initially bought for 55,800 euros

This is an automated machine translation of an article published by Business Insider in a different language. Machine translations can generate errors or inaccuracies; we will continue the work to improve these translations. You can find the original version here.In October 2020, Pablo Rodriguez-Fraile, an art collector based in Miami (USA), decided to bid on a purely digital artwork, which consisted of a 10-second video showing a giant crushed Donald Trump that he could have watched totally fre...
Tags: Usa, Trends, Davis, Donald Trump, Louvre, Reuters, Christie, NFT, Miami USA, BI International, Beeple, Mike Winkelmann, auto-translation Spanish, International Licensed Content, Jeevan Ravindran, Abraham Andreu


What I Saw at the French Antique Auction

      What I saw at the French Antique auction online was so beautiful that I felt maybe it was the Louvre secretly selling off pieces. Of course, that wasn't true nevertheless the quality and the masterpieces of the antiques on auction were literally stunning and oftentimes unbelievable  that they were being auctioned and yet not scooped up by a museum. I could not afford anything though the pleasure was worth every minute spend  being gobsmacked. Here are a few pieces of art that for one reas...
Tags: Travel, France, Louvre, French la Vie, French Antique


The Louvre and its environs

As promised, this is my third (and for the time being, final) post inspired by the questions I have recently received. The answers would have been too long for my traditional “monthly gleanings.”What is the origin of the name Louvre? Dictionaries and websites say unanimously that the sought-for etymology is unknown or uncertain. Perhaps so, but we will see. First, a short note on the famous place may be of some use. Louvre is the name of a royal castle in Paris from, if not even before, the thir...
Tags: Books, England, Milan, France, Paris, Academy, St Petersburg, Louvre, Prado, Luft, Fontainebleau, John Parker, Mayhew, Walter W Skeat, Skeat, Laube