Giving the women a place at the museum

It might have a slightly dismissive title “decorative arts”, it might be focused on the domestic and small scale, but at least a new museum in Paris introduces a great range of female characters, and gives them what should be a permanent place on the tourist trail. I’ve provided what is probably an overly detailed account on My Paris Your Paris.

And my favourite single woman, well a Parisien courtesan, of course, Valtesse de La Bigne. This was her bed, tailor-made, of course:


Well, you do want to make your workplace just so…

One comment

  • March 18, 2007 - 3:17 pm | Permalink

    That’s a great review, very interesting. And I liked Zola’s description of this bed as “an altar of byzantine sumptuousness”.

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