Photographer's Note

Today I visited the Louvre and its bookshop. As I was coming up through the pyramid, I saw a very dramatic sky over the Seine and its surroundings. I walked towards the Triumphal arch of carrousel, which I knew its existence; I have never had a close look before. So, I walked over to the arch to have a quick look. The triumphal arch was magnificent but I was even more drawn by the colours of the sky over it at that moment. This is one of the many photos taken at the same moment. Since I have already mentioned the name of the arch, I would like to present to you a very short description and a brief history of the triumphal arch at the place du Carrousel.
Designed by Charles Percier (1764 –1838) and Pierre François Léonard Fontaine, (1762 –1853) the arch was built between 1806 and 1808 by the Emperor Napoleon I (1769 –1821) on the model of the Arch of Constantine (312 AD) in Rome. It was originally surmounted by Horses of St Mark's of Saint Mark's Cathedral in Venice, which had been taken into Napoleon’s possession in 1798. Following the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and the Bourbon Restoration, France gave up the quadriga (A quadriga is a car or chariot drawn by four horses.) to the Austrian empire. The Austrians immediately returned the statuary to its original place in Venice. The horses were replaced in 1828 by Baron François Joseph Bosio (1769 –1845) depicting Peace riding in a triumphal chariot led by gilded Victories on both sides. The composition commemorates the Bourbon Restoration following Napoleon's downfall. (Reference: Encyclopaedia Hachette, Wikipedia edited)

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