The marvels of the Wallace Collection

In Art and history, Travels and events by Roger Thomas

Arthur and I went to London for a 12-hour visit, enough time to see the sublime “Beyond Caravaggio” exhibition at the National Gallery, followed by several hours in the lush decor of The Wallace Collection on Manchester Square. It’s home to the finest collection of Royal French decorative arts and paintings, originally in the collection of the Duc D’Orleans, legendary collector and brother of the tragically fated Louis XVI.

In an era filled with the iconography of the gods of antiquity, images of masculine power, triumph and doom abound.

Here are close-up views of masterpieces of painting, sculpture and the decorative arts by the mortal gods of those expressions including Titian, Velasquez, Boulle, Watteau and too many others to list.



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