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Palais du Luxembourg. Senat
09-SEP-2012

Palais du Luxembourg. Senat

The palace was built for Marie de Médicis, mother of king Louis XIII of France and of Gaston, duc d'Orléans, just near the site of an old hôtel particulier owned by François-Henri de Montmorency, duc de Piney-Luxembourg, hence its name (now called Petit Luxembourg, home of the president of French Senate). Marie de Médicis desired to make a building similar to her native Florence's Palazzo Pitti, and to this effect had the main architect Salomon de Brosse send architect Clément Metézeau to Florence to obtain drawings. Marie de Médicis bought the structure and its fairly extensive domain in 1612 and commissioned the new building, which she referred to as her Palais Médicis, in 1615. Its construction and furnishing formed her major artistic project, though nothing remains today of the interiors as they were created for her, save some architectural fragments reassembled in the Salle du Livre d'Or.The suites of paintings she commissioned, in the subjects of which she expressed her requirements through her agents and advisors, are scattered among museums.
A series of twenty-four triumphant canvases were commissioned from Peter Paul Rubens. A series of paintings executed for her Cabinet doré ("gilded study") was identified by Anthony Blunt in 1967.[9] To the right of the block of the Luxembourg, erected at the same time, was the mass of the Palais du Petit-Luxembourg (see below).

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Robin Reid07-Oct-2012 06:59
Wonderful light and reflections
Pat nighswander22-Sep-2012 19:32
Excellent capture of a wonderful place.
Fabienne16-Sep-2012 21:53
La composition précise offre un beau jeu de reflets. C'est très bien composé.
Michael Tauber15-Sep-2012 13:18
Great capture.
Mike H.15-Sep-2012 04:20
Grand shot of this lovely estate -- well done!!
Frank Tran15-Sep-2012 04:07
Nice composition and reflection. V+
Knox O15-Sep-2012 03:25
nice comp with reflection
Dennis Hoyne15-Sep-2012 02:40
Beautiful! I didn't know palm trees would survive in Paris.
Robin Reid15-Sep-2012 02:22
Impressive building. I like the reflections too.
Hank Vander Velde15-Sep-2012 01:15
An other beautiful clear and well composed image Jose. Nice reflections in the still water.
janescottcumming15-Sep-2012 00:31
It reminds me a little bit of Versailles. Very pretty with the reflections. V
gary rouleau15-Sep-2012 00:23
Visited here many times and it rained each time. Nice photo Jose. V
John G Reed14-Sep-2012 23:59
Magnificent. Best. J
woody3414-Sep-2012 22:31
Wonderful composition,Jose..such a magnificent palace and setting..V
Chris Spracklen14-Sep-2012 22:18
Fine shot of this imposing place, Jose.
Graeme14-Sep-2012 21:51
What a magnificent house and reflections, Jose.BV
Brinn MacDougall14-Sep-2012 21:06
Beautiful capture of this amazing place and info..v
Santi Bravo Figueras14-Sep-2012 20:19
Preciosos reflexes.
Linda Johansson14-Sep-2012 20:14
A very grand building with great reflexes nicely reproduced! V
bill friedlander14-Sep-2012 20:04
Great view of the architecture! A luxurious place with ornate fountain and reflecting pool. Lovely shot. V
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