Cy Twombly's ceiling for the Salle des Bronzes©Aude Rain

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"Cy Twombly is the third contemporary artist invited to install a permanent work at the Louvre: a painted ceiling for the Salle des Bronzes. At the Louvre, Twombly's monumental approach will be showcased on the ceiling of one of the museum's largest galleries, a 300 m² space. His project is an abstract composition on a blue background complementing Georges Braque's ceiling in the adjoining gallery." 1. Marc Aurèle , 170 après J.-C. Ce portrait fragmentaire appartenait sans doute à un buste ou une statue de Marc -Aurèle, empereur de 160 à 180 ap. J.-C. 2. Anse d'oenochoé, fin du II s. ap. J.-C. Le décor évoque la victoire de Rome sur les peuples étrangers : la captive assise personnifie une ville ou une région vaincue. Elle est entourée de barbares reconnaissables à leur long cheveux , aux braies qu'ils portent et à leur armes ( bouclier hexagonal, arc). 3.Helmet of a Thracian Gladiator This bronze helmet, richly decorated with a Gorgon's and a griffin's head, was probably used by Thracian gladiators during the parades preceding the games in the amphitheater at Pompeii, just before Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. The shape of the visor, which evolved over the course of the first century, is typical of the period. The eye openings have been replaced by a grill covering the upper part of the face, and plume holders have been added on either side of the helmet. 4. 5.The Lillebonne Appolo, second century AD Discovered in 1823, near the ancient theater in Lillebonne, this is the largest bronze statue of a deity to have survived from ancient Gaul. Apollo, considered a beneficent god, held a lyre in his left hand - a configuration that was particularly favored in northern and central-eastern Gaul. The proportions and balance of the figure, and the way the hair is arranged, testify to the strong influence of Greek forms from the fourth century BC on Gallo-Roman artists. "Built between 1551 and 1553 by the architect Pierre Lescot, this room was designed as the centerpiece of the 16th-century additions to the Louvre. Transformed by Albert Ferran between 1936 and 1938, the gallery now houses the museum's collection of ancient roman bronze." ( documentation du musée ) Filmed by Aude Rain © 2011 Aude Rain