Photo Essays

Louvre’s Men in Yellow

Paris — I’m traveling today, so there may be fewer posts than usual but I couldn’t resist sharing one of the games I love to play in museums. I choose a theme, topic, color or some other attribute and walk through finding it in the collection.

Yesterday, I traveled to the Louvre and decided to focus (among other things) on men wearing yellow in the historic European paintings. I noticed there was an abundance of soldiers in golden (that’s yellow, right?) armor and to a representation of a yellow-clad Judas at the Last Supper. If there seemed to be a number of men in yellow in the Renaissance, their ranks were very much diminished by the 19th C. when men relegated to earth tones and browns of all sorts. Only the clergy seemed to have retained the shock of yellow in their wardrobe. Enjoy.

Ah, the Louvre … there’s nothing quite like it.

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Detail of the central figure in Antoine Caron’s “Les massacres du Triumvirat (The Massacres of the Triumvirat)” (1566).

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The angel in Jean Cousin le Fils’s “Le Jugment dernier (The Last Judgement)” (c. 1585)

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A fleeing man in Nicolas Poussin’s “L’enlèvement des Sabines (Rape of the Sabines)” (c.1637-38) — btw, I think I had Poussin overload at the Louvre. They must have 75% of the artists output.

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A man in a work by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, “Le Christ et la femme adultere (Christ and the adulteress)” (1751).

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Some fashionable gentlemen in Giovanni Paolo Pannini’s “Galerie de vues de la Rome antique Gallery with views of ancient Rome)” (1758).

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Jean-François de Troy, “Le Christ devant Pilate (Christ in front of Pilate)” (1731).

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Claude Vignon, “Le Jeune Chanteur (The Young Singer)” (c. 1622-23).

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Alexandre Hesse, “Honneurs funèbres rendus au Titien, mort à Venise pendant la peste de 1576 (Titian’s dead corpse, in Venice during the plague’s epidemy in 1576)” (19th C.).

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Antonio Canal (aka Canaletto), “L’Eglise de la Salute (Basilica of St Mary of Health)” (18th C.).

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Pierre Mignard, “Portrait de l’artiste (Portrait of the Artist)” (1690).

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Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s “Portrait d’un jeune artiste (Portrait of a Young Artist)” (c. 1769).

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Jean-Antoine Julien, “Autoportrait (Self-portrait)” (1799).

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Jacques-Louis David, “Sacre de l’empereur Napoléon 1er et couronnement de l’impératrice Josephine dans la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, le 2 décembre 1804 (Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I and Coronation of the Empress Josephine in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris on 2 December 1804)” (1806-7).

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