The Fall of Icarus

Last year I was visiting the Louvre museum in Paris.

…with such an introduction, you’re probably now expecting a super famous thing like the Mona Lisa. Instead, I’ll show you the thing that I remember the most vividly: a casual ceiling. I was walking through the rooms, when I raised my eyes and saw this painting.

icaro falls from the sky

This is the ancient Greek story of Icarus, the son of Daedalus, who flew too close to the Sun. Our lovely star melted Icarus’ wax wings, causing him to drown in the sea and that specific sea to be named afer him.

I stared at the piece for 30 minutes, and concluded that it’d be worth alone the visit to the museum. It is SO beautiful. I went home convinced that I had spotted some random, unknown ceiling masterpiece, but then found out that it gets the recognition it deserves: it was painted by Merry-Joseph Blondel in 1819.

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