Jewelry has always captivated art enthusiasts, highlighting as it does the splendor of great historical figures and the symbolic meaning behind the attire of powerful rulers. Works from the Louvre’s departments include Pourbus’ portrait of Catherine de Medici, Velasquez’ portrait of the Infanta Maria Theresa, and the Regent diamond. Each painting or sculpture is shown in its entirety and in detail with a commentary illuminating the particular significance of jewelry in the work in question. The specialist authors divulge their own reflections on the works featured in an informative preface and in detailed captions. Devotees will welcome the fresh perspectives on these masterpieces, while jewelry aficionados will be delighted with the breadth of the collection.
About The Author
Adrien Goetz is a prominent French art historian and editor-in-chief of Grande Galerie and Le Journal du Louvre. He has published numerous books on subjects such as Ingres’ collages and various French museum collections. He has also written award-winning fiction, featuring art as its central theme. In 2007 he was decorated with a prestigious award from the Académie Française (le grand prix François-Victor Noury of the Institut de France). Claudette Joannis is a head curator at the national museum of Malmaison in France, where she is responsible for textiles and jewelry. She has curated several exhibitions on jewels, and has written exhibition catalogues and contributed to an international dictionary of jewelry.