Thursday, July 28, 2011

Details, Details


Paris was such an interesting combination of large and small.  It's difficult not to be struck by how many enormous and enormously beautiful buildings there are.  And the enormous egos and energies that it took to create them.


Additionally, the amount of detail involved was staggering.  No anonymous, graceless office buildings these, but intricately detailed spaces.


Sometimes it was all I could absorb, the painstaking details of the personal necessity of these spaces.


As we approached the massive facade of the Louvre, I asked my son, "Can you even imagine conceiving of something so massive?  Of designing something so large and in such detail?"


Without a glance to me, his gaze steady on the building all the time, he said, "Yes.  I can."  And I marveled some more.


The top image is a detail from a statue near Napoleon's Tomb; the next two images are of one of the lanterns at Les Invalides, now the military museum.  The lanterns are held by rope that threads through the pulleys attached to the chain; the ropes then run down the wall and into this box, which one would assume contains some sort of crank for raising and lowering.  The ropes appear fresh, though I wonder if they still function as originally intended.  The following image is the interior and exterior windows and interior shutters at the home where Rodin lived and worked; the lion is one of a few on the property.  The last is a column that I can't remember except for its brilliant blue, which has not begun to be captured in this image. 

11 comments:

LPC said...

Is the column from the Sainte Chapelle?

Anonymous said...

Is the column from Sainte-Chapelle, perhaps?

Karena said...

Patricia, you son's life holds a great future ahead.

The images are breathtaking and you have captured the elements making them so special. The column is exquisite in n blue and gold!

xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

ArchitectDesign™ said...

What an important trip for your kids (assuming it's their first trip). I think so much of who I am today was formed by our travel as kids throughout the US and Europe. Pat yourselves on the back!

The Peak of Chic said...

You're the same kind of tourist as I- only taking photos of architectural details :)

mary said...

I can't even imagine how it must feel to have a son who truly "got" the reason for the trip--and loved it!! Congratulations on a job well-done. Mary

Diane said...

I see that two others have suggested Sainte Chapelle. That was my very first instinct. It is on the main floor, not the upper chapel.The lower chapel was for commoners and had no windows.

sloane simmons said...

I appreciate you making me cry on vacation. Of course he can.

Anonymous said...

For your consideration, I sent a photo from Sainte-Chapelle. Hope it helps.

northsidefour said...

It's these kind of things that make me feel so much less afraid about children growing up. thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hope you received my e-mail with my photo from Ste. Chapelle and that it was helpful.

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