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- We’ll kick off our understanding of Paris on the Ile de la Cite, the city’s first settlement. Exploring Notre Dame (from the outside), we’ll unpack how Paris grew from a remote river-outpost of the Roman Empire to a capital of Western Europe.
- Weaving across the Seine, we’ll then explore key sites of the French Revolution, seeking to unravel the tangled timeline of 1789. Sites include the Place de la Concorde, Bastille, Hôtel de Ville, Place des Vosges, Marais, and Église Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis.
- Our second day will explore the royal history and extravagance leading up to the Revolution, with a day-long visit to the Palace of Versailles.
- Once inside the opulent summer home of Louis XIV (among others), we’ll discuss key personalities and events in the history of the monarchy while exploring Versailles Palace and Gardens, and Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet and Grand Trianon.
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Marie Theres is a painter who has made Paris her home for more than two decades. She works in her studio in Montmartre and shows her paintings in galleries in Europe and the United States. She studied history at the University of Cologne, Germany and painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia before coming to Paris to study art history at the Ecole de Louvre. Her knowledge of art history is enhanced by her practical painting experience. Beyond a purely academic approach, this enables her to convey the emotional dimension of the artwork and to focus attention on the act of creation. She loves to share her passion for art and painting and is fascinated by the 19th-century artistic heritage of Paris, its art movements, and urbanism.
Since visiting her first art exhibition at 5 years old Nicole has been passionate about the world of art and architecture. Research for her dissertation brought Nicole to France in 2006. Her doctoral dissertation explores the idea of architecture as an expression of political power, specifically during the Gothic period of twelfth-century, France. Yet her interests extend beyond the medieval period to include the modernism. Holding a PhD and Masters degrees from the Columbia University and a BA from Barnard College, Nicole has worked as a university professor, writer, curator and consultant. Receiving a fine arts training in her youth, equally informs Nicole’s approach to art and architectural history. Raised in a family of collectors and classic car aficionados Nicole is an avid classic car enthusiast, together with her husband an art collector.
Born and raised abroad, mostly in Asia, Lorraine discovered Paris intimately while studying art history at Ecole du Louvre, a school which holds most of its classes directly in museums and monuments. After several years spent in NYC, getting her Master's degree in Modern Art at Columbia University and working at the Guggenheim Museum, she returned to her adopted city in 2008 to start a PhD. Currently specializing in the history of photography and visual culture, active member of the Laboratoire d'histoire visuelle contemporaine, Lorraine also works as a freelance art critic, teaches art history, and nurtures a few artistic projects of her own.
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