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A Translator and Art Historian active in Heritage Conservation. You can meet me also at : http://www.triond.com/users/Francois+Hagnere http://expertscolumn.com/user Thank you for your visit. more...

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A beautiful Romanesque statue of the Virgin and Child on her knee was found here at Orcival, in the magnificent Region of Auvergne. The legend says it was sculpted by Saint-Luke. A sanctuary was built on the spot of the discovery. As you will read, the Statue of the Virgin liked to move.
Published by Francois Hagnere 65 months ago in France | +8 votes | 2 comments
Dr. William Thornton and James Hoban set a style for the Nation's Capital which was to be copied by State Capitals across the Country. The Marquis de LaFayette, America's first "Honorary Citizen", may have been a little carried away in his 1824 description of Washington, but today his words seem only right and proper: "The central star of the constellation which enlightens the whole world".
Published by Francois Hagnere 65 months ago in United States & Canada | +9 votes | 1 comments
Where did the artists come from who made this masterpiece? What models did they follow? The relationship between this and the façade of Saint-Denis has often been emphasised, with the help of drawings that have survived the mutilation. The scenes of the Last Judgement at Chartres and at Saint-Denis closely resemble those of Beaulieu and Moissac; the same composition , the same poses, with the same folded legs.
Published by Francois Hagnere 65 months ago in France | +12 votes | 3 comments
The magnificent Church of Brou is located sixty six kilometers North-East of Lyon. It was built in the astonishing Flamboyant Gothic Style of the 16th century. The tombs of Marguerite of Austria and her husband Philibert II are very finely carved and the whole church is a lesson of Art History on this period.
Published by Francois Hagnere 65 months ago in France | +12 votes | 5 comments
The Capitol Building has an all-pervading sense of history about it, of momentous events and great political passions, which no visitor, whether American or foreign, can miss. He may even feel it under his feet as he stands on the white circle in the middle of the floor of the rotunda, for here the bodies of military leaders, senators and Presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy, have lain in state.
Published by Francois Hagnere 65 months ago in United States & Canada | +23 votes | 9 comments
Unless they are fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of him in a corridor or coming or going in a helicopter from the South lawn, casual visitors to the White House are unlikely to see its famous occupant. There was a time when any citizen who cared to make the effort could visit the White House and shake hands with the President. But times have changed greatly and security is stricter.
Published by Francois Hagnere 65 months ago in United States & Canada | +21 votes | 13 comments
Since John Adams, Presidents, their wives and families have lived in the Executive Mansion, the official name of the President's house from 1818 until Theodore Roosevelt made the unofficial "White House" official by using it on his letter head. The White House stands as a major symbol of American life. It is the Executive Office of the President, most of whose work is carried out not in the relatively small original house, but in the Executive Wings. It symbolizes the fact that the President em...
Published by Francois Hagnere 65 months ago in United States & Canada | +21 votes | 13 comments
In Barbastro, like in all Cathedrals of Spain, we can follow the evolution of Spanish Art enhanced by exceptional masterpieces. The interior of the cathedral is characterised by a wealth and diversity in the adornment showing the various and many styles and influences of this art over a long period of time. From the extraordinary star-shaped Gothic vaults to the Renaissance and Baroque reredos, discover the beauty of Barbastro Cathedral.
Published by Francois Hagnere 66 months ago in Spain | +19 votes | 10 comments
Built in the Gothic Style, the construction of the Cathedral of Huesca by Jaime I of Aragon, began at the end of the 13th century, the Catholic Worship being celebrated in the Aljama Mosque, the new edifice replaced. The works lasted until the end of the 16th century and the cathedral presents a sumptous adornment and characteristic architectural elements.
Published by Francois Hagnere 66 months ago in Spain | +13 votes | 9 comments
The Dauphine looks like a Frégate but on a smaller scale, and this is a rear-engined economy car. Its design is a three box of the ponton genre. It has four doors, and rear bypassing windows. The line was revised after consultation of the famous designer Ghia who added air intakes close to the rear doors. The colours, namely a range of pastels and matching upholsteries were very modern for the time. As for its name, you will discover its meaning and beautiful logo.
Published by Francois Hagnere 66 months ago in Automobile History | +11 votes | 10 comments
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