The Luxembourg neighborhood has always been a luxury one. In the 17th century, the Duke Pinay of Luxembourg decided to acquire a land with a beautiful park which marks the origin of the actual garden. Later, the queen Marie of Medici's established her residence in the mansion which she commissioned and had a vast park designed in the Florentine taste. Although the layout of the park and its size have been remodeled in the 19th century, it has kept its romantic attraction which inspired so many artists, writers and philosophers. Statues, sculptures, the Luxembourg palace and museum, trees and flower-beds are still visible. The close surroundings are also noticeable for their famous hosts : Zadkine, Sartre and Beauvoir, Auguste Comte etc. dwelled for some time near the garden. Join us on this charming walk with our guide Catherine !
About the Instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and has been involved for years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before getting back to art history studies. She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.
Photo Credit: museeluxembourg
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