1816 Crossing the Pont des Arts, Paris. Two women crossing the Pont des Arts, which is also known as the Passerelle des Arts. It was built from 1802 to 1804 and was the first Parisian bridge to be made of iron. It was also the first bridge in Paris to be exclusively reserved for pedestrians.
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1760-1765 ca. Portrait of a Young Man. By Pompeo Batoni (Italian, Lucca 1708–1787 Rome) Grand Tour Art. Oil on canvas. On the table are an astrolabe, a statue of Minerva, and a copy of the relief of Antinoüs (now in the Villa Albani) which had been found at Hadrian’s villa in 1735. Among the books are Homer’s Odyssey, Roma Antiqua e moderna (possibly by Roisecco, published in 1750 and 1765), and Pascoli’s Vite de’ Pittori. The picture is said by dealers to have been painted in Paris in 1770, and to be from the collection of the Marquis de Foz, Portugal. The frame was carved and gilded by Delafosse. From the Curator Metropolitan Museum, NYC, USA: “The leading Italian painter of eighteenth-century Rome, Batoni was especially prized as a portraitist by foreigners traveling on the Grand Tour. The sitter of this picture has not been identified, but he may be French. He is shown with some of Batoni’s favorite props: an ancient bas-relief of Antinous, a statue of Minerva, an armillary sphere, guidebooks to ancient and modern Rome, a volume of biographies of painters, and the second part of Homer’s Odyssey. A half-length portrait of the same man by Batoni is in the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence.” 1650 ca. Frame, French, has outset or crossetted corners, secured by metal bolts, and is made of oak and gilded. The carved crest is ornamented with branches of boldly carved oak leaves above a leafy urn which is flanked by acanthus sprays. From behind the urn, a heavy ribbon onto which bunches of laurel leaf and berry ingeniously appear to be tied emerges. Draped festoons across each side of the top feed behind a knob at the upper corners and reemerge from behind, loop through, and drop down the sides. Bunches of oak leaves form … Continue reading →