Currently on view at the Louvre is a fantastic exhibition for us 18th century enthusiasts, Antiquity Discovered. The exhibition aims to explore the Age of Enlightenment's fascination with ancient Greece and Rome which, in time, would lead to the Neoclassical movement. This neoclassic fascination extended through most of Europe, from England to Russia and could be seen in painting, sculpture and especially architecture (not to mention fashion). It was a time when artwork from antiquity was collected, admired, and copied.
Antiquity Discovered promises to be a landmark exhibition due to the caliber of artwork spanning the globe. Multiple media works from both museums and private collections including The Nightmare from Detroit Institute, the Louvre's own Oath of the Horatii, and The Finding of the the Laocoon from the Virginia Museum of Fine Art are some of the 150 works being exhibited. Can you believe that all of this splendor is only on view until February 11? That means time is wasting for this once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of the greatest Neoclassical works from inside one of the grandiose palaces of Europe. Hopefully Fabultastic will get there soon and tell us all about it since it was he who was kind enough to point it out to me.