An Inspired Itinerary - Paris Through the Ages
As we move from ancient history to the Medieval era, we will trace history through important cultural and architectural sites around the city, stopping to admire the church of Saint-Severin, one of the oldest on Paris’ Left Bank, on our way to explore the Ile de la Cite and the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral and Sainte-Chappelle. The leafy Place Dauphine gives us a moment to pause and discuss 17th-century architecture and urban design and the role of the aristocracy in the development of the city we see today.
After lunch, we will spend the afternoon on a deep-dive into the incredible collection of the Louvre Museum. A highlight to any visit to Paris, a visit to this monumental collection with Marie as our guide will help us pick out the most important works to view but also will teach us how this collection came to be assembled and how its layers fit together into the larger history of western art.
The daughter of a sculptor, Marie has been surrounded by art ever since she was born. A native Parisienne, she holds an undergraduate degree in history and art history, with a specialty in iconography and French and Flemish paintings from the 16th to the 18th centuries. She also holds a Master's degree in museology from the Ecole du Louvre and one in Art History from the Sorbonne. She currently works for the French National Art History Institute on special cultural events. Since she loves literature, ballet, theatre, opera, jazz clubs, and classical concerts—she has been playing the piano since she was 9—Paris and its artistic life are a perfect fit.
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