Musée des Arts et Métiers

Arts et Metiers is a museum that doesn’t usually make it on the Paris visitor’s must-see list. But for anyone with even a passing interest in technology and design, it’s a rare treat. The permanent collections are vast and beautifully presented. (Our favorite part is the multi-level installation on the evolution of the automobile in the jewel-like chapel).

For more about the arts in Paris, visit Paris Muse,
offering private museum tours for the creative traveler.

Address:
60, rue Reamur, 3eme
Metro: Arts et Metiers
Paris

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Carrousel du Louvre

The Carrousel du Louvre is the shopping mall in the Louvre, mere steps away from the Tuillerie gardens. Large displays of art for sale are here, with organized fashion shows from time to time. A wonderful place to absorb the ever-changing Parisian art scene when visiting town, and the Louvre.

Info:
The Boutiques of the Carrousel du Louvre are near the Metro stops Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre and the Tuileries. Open daily except Sundays. Parking is available.

Address:
99, rue de Rivoli
Paris 75001

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Manet & Velazquez:. The Spanish Manner in the Nineteenth Century

Now showing until January 5th, 2003 at the Musée d’Orsay

If you love art for the good old-fashioned pleasure of seeing paint beautifully applied to a canvas, then this is the show for you. The curatorial goal is to demonstrate the influence of 17thc Spanish artists—Velazquez, Goya and Zurburan—on 19thc French artists like Manet, Delacroix, and Courbet. But in order to make that convincing case, the curators also happened to assemble an extraordinarily gorgeous group of paintings. Half of these hail from what is referred to as the “Golden Age” of Spanish painting, and the other half from a time when the French avant-garde never looked better.

Some visitors to “Spanish Manner” may find that Baroque manner a bit heavy on the religion. But even a modern agnostic has to be moved by the Spanish masters’ sublime use of shadows and light. Manet certainly was; he considered Velazquez in particular to be “the painter of painters.” As you can see for yourself in the major collection of Manets assembled here, the Frenchman studied the subtleties of the Spaniard’s spare, dramatic effects quite closely.

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The Louvre

No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to one of the most magnificent museums in the world. It’s timeless elegance encases some real jewels, including the Mona Lisa, several Michaelangelos, the Venus di Milo, and so many more.

Once the palace to kings and emperors, the Louvre shelters some of the great art works of the world. The collections focus on sculptures and paintings from the European masters, as well as ancient Egyptian, Greek and Islamic art. They’ve also restored some of Napoleon III’s apartments complete with original furnishings which convey what it was like to live in the Louvre when it was a royal palace.

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