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The secret language of flowers. Notes on the hidden meanings of the Louvre's flower

Jean-Michel Othoniel - Publisher Actes sud - 208 pages - Text in English - Published in 2019

On the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the Louvre Pyramid, Jean-Michel Othoniel was invited by the museum to produce a book demonstrating the importance of flowers in the eight departments of the Louvre.

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Model 9782330120160
Artist Jean-Michel Othoniel
Author Jean-Michel Othoniel
Publisher Actes sud
Number of pages 208
Language English
Dimensions 210 x 130
Published 2019
Museum Musée du Louvre, Paris

The artist composes an unpublished herbarium accompanied by the notes he wrote about the secret language of flowers and their symbolism in ancient painting. He reveals their hidden meaning by telling their stories and mythologies.

This book is presented as an alphabetical notebook that the artist has fed through the rooms of the Louvre Museum, where we find the thistle in Dürer's self-portrait, the poppy in Paros' funeral stele, the apple placed on the stool in Fragonard's Bolt, or the peony in Greuze's Broken jug girl's deglazed shirt.

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