The Arc de Triomphe is magnificent. Its great to visit it in all kinds of weather, but today was a sunny and warm spring day and it was particularly delightful.
Fortunately for me, there was no line for wandering around the base of this incredible monument and I enjoyed every second of seeing it again up close and personal. It has been years since I’ve looked over all the fascinating details of it.
Below are the 2 reliefs that decorate the “back” side of the arch.
It’s hard to see the eternal flame burning in daylight, but I did my best to capture it.
4 thoughts on “The Arc de Triomphe, Paris”
It suddenly struck me how strange it is see male genitalia on such open display.
And old heads on such youthful bodies.
Striking, though, the whole piece. And clean.
I agree with your observations. And, I suppose, following that track, the genitalia is also idealized and probably flattering? We will never know!
I remember reading somewhere about the `greek statues, the g was always represented as smaller than normal, as though life-size was unacceptable or taboo?
What a conversation!