1. The Louvre, Paris
- Queen Marie de Medici Cycle (Peter Paul Rubens) 1622-1625. A collection of 24 canvases representing the life of Queen Marie de Medici that originally hung in the Luxemburg palace.
- “Wedding Feast at Cana,” Paolo Veronese, 1562. I love this painting because there is so much detail. It looks like quite the party.
2. Le Château de Versailles; Versailles, France
- Especially, the Petit Trianon, a small château designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel for Madame de Pompadour, the long-term mistress of Louis XV of France.
3. Galleria Farnese, Il Palazzo Farnese (French Embassy), Rome
- “Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne”, Annibale Carracci, 1595-1600. In mythology, Bacchus, the god of wine and Ariadne, an abandoned princess fall in love and are represented as the ideal married couple.
4. Uffizi Gallery, Florence
- “Bacchus,” Caravaggio, 1595. This painting was a gift to the Medici family from a cardinal, however it remained hidden for many years because of its subject matter.
- “Primavera,” Sandro Botticelli, 1482. One of my favorite paintings ever. This painting was commissioned for the wedding of one of the members of the Medici family.
5. Castel Sant’Angelo, Rome, 135-137AD. Historically has been used as a papal residence, fortress, and prision. The Passetto di Borgo is a secret passage connecting Castel Sant’Angelo to St. Peter’s Basilica.