This is part of Louvre Photo Safaris, a series that focuses on details found in Louvre artworks around various themes, with the aim of looking at everything differently.
The Louvre recently reopened a refurbished decorative arts section called "From Louis XIV to Louis XVI". After having heard rave reviews since June, I finally decided to check it out last Friday evening. I was struck by the numerous representations of flora and fauna integrated into these objects of everyday life and ceremony. It was wonderful to bask in their opulance, and quite often their silliness.
Plants and Animals, as found in French decorative arts from the 17th and the 18th centuries:
Musée du Louvre (Sully wing, first floor, From Louis XIV to Louis XVI, the art of French living)
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