Detour # 2

While studying I find myself straying from the actual subject and reading about the most random things online. I was studying about landscape architecture and somehow felt urged to look up “The Coronation of Napoleon”, the painting by Jacques-Louis David. But none of the pictures online did the painting any justice, seeing in real life is a must, if only to study the exquisite details on the dresses of Josephine and her sisters in law. (The painting, which covers almost an entire wall, is housed in the Palace of Versailles)

It’s actually quite amazing how realistic these paintings are. In the national gallery in London I remember looking, no, staring at this one painting, the skin that was painted looked so, so realistic, as if, were you to touch it, you would actually feel its warmth and you would detect the faint pulse somewhere in that 2-dimensional world.

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