Tuesday, October 18, 2005

fiery ruins -- 1790ish

also here is Paris burning down thanks to those firebrand Reign of Terror revolutionaries. Place de la Concorde, former site of the guillotine, future site of Napoleon's obelisk, and right in front of the King and Queen's palace, also known as Louvre, also known as "in walking distance from me."

I will be posting many more pictures of ruins soon, thanks to Hubert Robert, a.k.a. "Robert des Ruines" (we are not going to make any fun of his name here). Also we will be asking what the nature of the difference is between painting really old ruins, e.g. from the time of the Romans, that have the patina of age on them and destruction-by-erosion, versus really recent ruins which in Robert's case were usually created by rampaging mobs, knocking out any relics or symbols of the ancien régime. "Le vandalisme" of the revolution...planned destruction. Creative destruction? Destructive creativity? okay, enough.

ps. I note that I only seem to have that painting available in thumbnail size. Zoom? Not happening. There must be a better way to get high-quality images of paintings...any thoughts, Internet??


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