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April 07, 2010



1. Baudry

Paul-Jacques-Aimé Baudry (November 7, 1828, La Roche-sur-Yon (Vendée) - January 17, 1886, Paris) was a French painter.

2. Lulli (probably the following)

Jean-Baptiste de Lully; (28 November 1632 – 22 March 1687) was an Italian composer who spent most of his life working in the court of Louis XIV of France. He became a French subject in 1661.

Hope this helps.


Loved those pictures. Where in Paris is this?



Thank you for being intrepid and getting these wonderful pictures!

I always wonder, though, if one day you will go into a courtyard and be unable to exit. :-)

John W.

@fulcanelli: The perils of relying on Wikipedia! Only that otherwise estimable site gives Lully a particule; the rest of the world knows him as Jean-Baptiste Lully.
Fascinating discovery, Richard--thanks!


Just another tidbit about Lully--he composed the music for most of Moliére's comedies. (Which is why this French teacher knows his name!)Thanks for keeping an eye out for a car and for your quick entry into another charming courtyard!

Layla Morgan Wilde

Villa Adrienne is featured in a book
called Hidden Corners of Paris by Jean-Christophe Napias.



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Zenobia FoundPaul-Jacques-Aimé Baudry (November 7, 1828, La Roche-sur-Yon (Vendée) - January 17, 1886, Paris) was a French painter.

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He studied under Michel Martin Drolling and carried off the Prix de Rome in 1850 by his picture of Zenobia found on the banks of the Araxes. His talent from the first revealed itself as strictly academical, full of elegance and grace, but somewhat lacking originality. In the course of his residence in Italy Baudry derived strong inspiration from Italian art with the mannerism of Correggio, as was very evident in the two works he exhibited in the Salon of 1857, which were purchased for the Luxembourg: The Martyrdom of a Vestal Virgin and The Child. His Leda, St John the Baptist, and a Portrait of Beul, exhibited at the same time, took a first prize that year. Throughout this early period Baudry commonly selected mythological or fanciful subjects, one of the most noteworthy being The Pearl and the Wave (1862). Once only did he attempt an historical picture, Charlotte Corday after the murder of Marat (1861); and returned by preference to the former class of subjects or to painting portraits of illustrious men of his day: Guizot, Charles Garnier, Edmond About.

Euterpe (détail) at the Grand foyer of the Opera Palais
Paul Baudry’s Gravesite in Paris’s Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, 2005The works that crowned Baudrys reputation were his mural decorations, which show much imagination and a high artistic gift for color, as may be seen. in the frescoes in the Paris Court of Cassation. at the château of Chantilly, and some private residences the Hôtel Fould and Hôtel Paivabut, above all, in the decorations of the foyer of the Opera Garnier. These, more than thirty paintings in all, and among them compositions figurative of dancing and music, occupied the painter for ten years. Baudry was a member of the Institut de France, succeeding Jean-Victor Schnetz. Two of his colleagues, Paul Dubois and Marius Jean Mercié, co-operating with his brother, Baudry the architect, erected a monument to him in Paris (1890). The statue of Baudry at La Roche-sur-Yon (1897) is by Jean-Léon Gérôme.

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