Another pair of perspective shots, showing the next gallery space. I couldn't decide which I preferred more, so here are both of them. The two paintings flanking the doorway are paintings from Venice, by the same artist, Bernardo Bellotto.
Ignatius Sancho is a portrait by the British artist Thomas Gainsborough, depicting a musician and man of letters who was born a slave in the Caribbean and ended up in Britain, well educated and in the employ of a duke, where he became interested in the arts.
A favourite sculpture of mine, and it can be seen in the first pair of shots. Antonio Canova's Dancer is a marvelous marble that captivates the visitor. It was completed by 1822, and is the second version of a statue done for the Empress Josephine. The first version is part of the Hermitage collection in St. Petersburg.
A Nymph Carrying The Infant Bacchus is a 1799 terracotta by the French artist Claude Michel, depicting the god of wine as a child.
Wisdom Defending Youth From The Arrows Of Love is an allegorical (and big) oil painting from 1810 by French artist Charles Maynier, which evokes mythological subjects to play into Napoleon's notion of sacrifice for the good of empire.
Madame Erneste Bioche de Misery is an 1807 oil by Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson, a French artist. Madame de Misery was the wife of the mayor of Saint Lye, near Orleans.