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Opera-Palais Garnier

Opera-Palais Garnier

The Grand Foyer comprised the largest and most complex decorative program in the Opéra’s interior. Like the rest of the Opéra, it is Garnier’s personal synthesis of all past styles. The walls are alive with gleaming, gold ornamental sculpture and the flat ceiling contains a large, rectangular panel flanked by oval panels at each end. These are surrounded by a cove containing twenty irregularly shaped panels, nine on the sides and one on each end. On the walls beneath, above each of the ten doorways, are painted oval medallions personifying the music of various countries and ethnic groups. Atop each of the twenty columns between the ten doors, separating the medallions, are sculptured figures personifying The Qualities Required by Artists. The foyer was the most prominent gathering place for promenading spectators during intermissions. Garnier entrusted the paintings to his old friend from the Villa Medici, Paul Baudry.

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Terri Steele16-Oct-2012 18:17
Anne Cecilie Overholt15-Oct-2012 12:47
Beautiful capture! V
Sheila15-Oct-2012 06:32
Lush shot of this incredibly ornate building!
Anitta Vuorisola13-Oct-2012 18:56
Excellent work! Awesome ceiling! V
Yiannis Pavlis11-Oct-2012 13:28
Your point of view is excellent.V
Chris Spracklen09-Oct-2012 11:27
Fine shot of this incredible ceiling, Jose. *V*
Dennis Hoyne09-Oct-2012 02:20
This is fantastic, I can't comprehend the effort and cost to duplicate something as beautiful as this. A fine capture!
Helen Betts08-Oct-2012 19:33
Wow, incredibly ornate ceiling and good capture of it. Love that you also included the lines of chandeliers in the composition. V.
Fabienne08-Oct-2012 19:12
Les détails sont riches et splendides. C'est chargé et très beau à la fois.
Fletcher Wildlife Garden08-Oct-2012 16:04
The interior is as striking as the exterior. You did a great job capturing this marvelous, ornate scene. V
John Reynolds08-Oct-2012 15:00
Amazingly ornate ceiling. V.
Mildred Alpern08-Oct-2012 13:09
splendor and grandeur...over the top! Excellent image revealing its glamor and gilt
Bill Miller08-Oct-2012 13:00
What an ornate ceiling. I am glad I don't need to dust in there !
CM Kwan08-Oct-2012 12:58
Wonderful details, Jose! V
Jim Coffman08-Oct-2012 12:25
Just beautiful!!!
John More08-Oct-2012 11:44
Breath taking detail
Walter O. Koenig08-Oct-2012 11:28
What an amazing colorful ceiling with these ornate decorations. "V"
Irene Wehrli08-Oct-2012 10:04
It must be breathtaking to see this in original...
Wonderful capture Joseantonio!
Mike H.08-Oct-2012 09:59
Very beautiful, ornate decor; well-captured and described for us!!
(My daughter observed that someone has to keep all that dusted; big job.)
Yvonne08-Oct-2012 09:40
Awesome interior, could look at this all day with ease! v
Zoltán Balogh08-Oct-2012 09:01
Wow...fabulous interior Jose! V
Tom LeRoy08-Oct-2012 08:44
Beautiful and ornate ceiling, great view. V
Stephanie08-Oct-2012 08:27
Beautiful ceiling work! I don't think I've visited the interior of the opera before. V
John Hamers08-Oct-2012 06:04
Great capture of beautiful ornate ceiling !! V
Peggy W08-Oct-2012 05:30
Gérard Koehl08-Oct-2012 04:49
Splendide... V
Christy VB08-Oct-2012 03:32
Ornately wonderful!
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