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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.

Queen Marie de Medici Cycle

  • “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.