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Art work from one of the most famous gardens in the world is now on display here in Toledo. Millions of people visit the Tuileries Garden in Paris every year. All you have to do to get a look at some of the masterpieces is make a trip to the Toledo Museum of Art . Most of the magnificent works of art have never been outside France, so this is a truly rare opportunity to see them somewhere other than Paris. In addition to Toledo, the exhibit is only traveling to two other American cities Portland, Oregon and Atlanta.

Richard Putney is an Associate Professor of Art History at The University of Toledo and the Curator of The Art of the Louvre's Tuileries Garden exhibition, "I went to Paris six times in preparation for the exhibition to learn more about the site, do research, to talk with people at The Louvre and to do a lot of photography."

The art work that came across the Atlantic provides an in-depth look at France's storied past. People like Marie Antoinette and Napoleon Bonaparte have ties to the garden, "It's much like Central Park in New York City today, but it's an historic site so I like to say it is inhabited by ghosts as well because it was founded in 1564. All the art work here dates in some way to the garden it was either made in it, depicts it or was made to be displayed in it."

The exhibit includes everything from paintings and photographs to architectural fragments and statues,"That bronze statue is full of bullet holes." More on those bullet holes in a minute. The Tuileries Garden is the largest garden in Paris. The 64 acre site draws about 10 million visitors a year,"It stated in the 17th century as a private garden for royals but in the 18th century it became much more public."

The garden has been an inspiration for some of the world's most famous artists, "Manet came to the garden every day to sketch and we have one of his sketches from the 1860's here. The world renown impressionist, Claude Monet rented an apartment over the garden to be able to paint it in the different seasons."

Now back to those bullet holes in the bronze statue of Hercules, "I discovered the bullet holes while I was installing it here at the museum and The Louvre curator who was here said that they were likely battle related wounds. They are not sure when it happened but my guess is that it happened during the Franco-Prussian war in of 1871 when there were bombardments to the city of Paris."

The exhibit will be in Toledo until May 11th. It will take days to pack up all the art work once the exhibit ends here in Toledo. Curators from The Louvre will be here to oversee that work. The exhibit has already been in Atlanta, it opens in Portland this June before returning to France.

 

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