Dec 13, 2017 in Art

Capturing the Essence of Paris

If one is to talk about art, then Paris cannot miss being mentioned in that conversation. Arguably, Paris is synonymous to art. Whatever way one  looks at it, Paris is an artistic city. The city is the Capital of France. It has a rich history dating up to 2000 years ago. The city started as a fishing city in the BC era. Then through wars and intermittent peace periods, the city has become what it is today. The city has seen many war heroes and influential people. Notably, Paris is rife with myths surrounding these events and personalities. For instance, the Cathedral de Notre Dame de Paris is a spectacular structure in the heart of Paris has gargoyles structured on it (Montclos,32) Obviously there is a myth behind this structure that has been passed from generation to generation.

The architecture of Paris cannot be found in any other place in the world. The city has magnificent modern buildings for corporate business. The Eiffle tower in Paris is one of the most outstanding architectural products of modern times. Other that modern architecture, Paris prides in having architectural structures dating to hundreds of years.One  cannot get a complete feel of the history of Europe without touring Paris to see the monuments and other nuggets that might not catch one's eye at first. There are several ancient cathedrals in Paris that are a mark of Paris’s involvement with the Roman Catholic Church.

Paris is a fashion city with many fashion designers and equally an equal number of fashion shows and exhibitions. Anybody who is zealous about fashion at one time has dressed in Paris’s designer wear. If one talks of fashion, Paris is rated among fashion giant cities such as New York, London, and Berlin. Paris during the enlightenment age developed scholars whose contributions to the world today are still making an impact in various fields. They included philosophers, poets, and mathematicians among such other scholars. Today, Parisians term their city as a city of literacy or the literary paradise. There are many libraries and institutions among other places of learning.

It has recreational facilities such as parks and other social amenities. Paris despite being such a large city has some green parts and open spaces especially in the suburbs where people can take a break from the hustle and bustle of the busy town. The waterfront at the St. Martin Canal is particularly a therapeutic site. It is also has a diversified cosmopolitan population. The diversity in culture, race, religion, and origin of people is breathtaking. From the ever zealous street photography, this is depicted with people of different ethnic backgrounds interacting freely. The fashion of the people and their romance is particularly unique. It is for this reason Paris is referred to as the city of love.

Paris is also termed as the mother of art for painting was revolutionized in this city during the ancient times. Painting was done on canvas among such other, materials. For instance, Claude Monet who lived between 1892 and 1894 developed his famous painting haystack paintings. It is particularly famous as during this time the artist surprisingly was able represent diverse conditions in paintings. These conditions included different luminance and varying climatic conditions.

Perhaps, the paintings by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio who lived between 1571 and 1610 of Northern Europe and Rembrandt van Rijn a French man who lived between 1606 and 1669 would be more thrilling. The fact that such old paintings are still available and can be found in Paris should make any art lover tour Paris. These are paintings that tell a lot about the contemporary times of these art icons. For instance,  the picture of the rising Lazarus by Rembrandt indicates he was a Christian. Indeed Paris is a must tour for any art lover. The diversity in art of the city is breathtaking.

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