JEWELS IN THE LOUVREADRIEN GOETZ & C. JOANNIS Book Number: 90497 Product format: Hardback
Throughout the ages, jewellery has been a source of fascination to art enthusiasts as it highlights the splendour of great historical figures such as Josephine Bonaparte, and offers the viewer insight into their extravagant lifestyles and romantic intrigues. The Paris museum the Louvre has a collection which includes Pourbus' portrait of Catherine de Medici, Velazquez's portrait of the Infanta Maria Theresa and the renowned Regent Diamond, pointing to the symbolic importance of jewellery in the attire of powerful rulers throughout history. Archaeological relics, cherished talismen, tokens of love or accessories of the drama of Bourgeois life, jewels are at the heart of countless stories. Here is a critical selection of over 50 works of art including famed masterpieces and little-known gems, regal diadems, necklaces, earrings and brooches of sapphires, diamonds and gold, coronets, changing fashions seen in The Three Ladies of Ghent and with a close up of the buckle belt on the dress of the woman standing which appears to be made of hair, a souvenir of separation or bereavement, long golden chains, a coral necklace with several rows of pearls, a comb in the hair decorated with a band adorned with turquoise, amethyst or coral which could be changed to suit the shade of the gown, all explained in just one example. A ravishing chatelaine, 400 diamonds in a Star of the Order of the Holy Spirit, exceptionally beautiful pieces showing the quality of workmanship like the Portrait of Anne of Cleeves 1539 by Hans Holbein. Full page portraits, some 80 colour illustrations, some in close up detail. 80pp.
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