Église Saint-Sulpice

Église Saint-Sulpice - Vue de la nef et du chœur
LE SAVIEZ-VOUS? Le cœur a été bâti selon les plans de Daniel Gittard. Il comporte 7 arcades dont les piliers, de section carrée, sont ornés de pilastres corinthiens revêtus de marbre.
« Saint-Sulpice » church - View of the naive and the choir
DID YOU KNOW? The choir was built according Daniel Gittard plans. It is made of 7 arches. The squared pillars are decorated with Corinthian pilasters recovered with marble.

Roman mosaic Academy in Athens

Roman mosaic showing a group of philosophers from the Academy in Athens.
1st century AD.
Found in Pompeii.
National Archaeological Museum in Naples.

Gustave Moreau, Oedipus and the Sphinx, 1864

Gustave Moreau, Oedipus and the Sphinx, 1864, Oil on canvas, 206 x 105 cm, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 
Gustave Moreau, 1826-1898, is praised as the leading painter of the French Symbolist movement which explored interior consciousness rather than exterior observation. Moreau set himself against the two dominant currents in French painting: on the one hand, the Realism of Gustave Courbet which stressed the depiction of real people and subject matter, and on the other, Naturalism, whose concern with capturing precisely what the eye saw. Moreau was unique in his own time, especially for painting the great biblical, mythological and exotic stories of the ancient world. They are personal, fantastic, often violent, erotic, even perverse interpretations. Moreau painted in rich, jewel-like colors, and his detailed oil paintings have a glistening, impastoed surface. He had a great interest in depicting powerful, seductive, evil women and physically delicate, androgynous seeming men. This painting with its golden chiaroscuro, complex composition and sensual yet mystic mood, marks the beginning of Moreau's mature period. It offers a daring new interpretation of a famous scene from Greek mythology. The picture shows the confrontation between Oedipus and the mythic predatory monster, the Sphinx, told by the great Greek tragedian, Sophocles. The creature plagued the city of Thebes, accosting travelers and killing everyone who could not answer her riddle: "What goes on four legs in the morning, two in the afternoon, and three in the evening?" Oedipus defeated the Sphinx by answering the riddle: it is man, himself, who crawls as an infant, rises to two feet as an adult, and often requires the aid of a walking stick as a "third leg" in old age, the "evening" of life. In responding correctly, Oedipus saved his own life and all of Thebes, and became the city’s king. Moreau painted the subject several times. His interpretation of the mythological theme relied heavily on that of his predecessor, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres in his Oedipus Explaining the Enigma of the Sphinx.