Saturday, August 08, 2015

Sainte Chapelle, Chagall, Soulages, Benzaken...Le Vitrail Contemporain

Synchronicity plays a big role when you're traveling or living in a foreign country. Yesterday this page torn out from a magazine fell off the wall - a reminder I should visit the stained glass exhibit before it closes (September 21).
On Monday Angels in Paris architecture expert, ROSEMARY FLANNERY invited me to join her tour the 5th.
We stopped to admire the angels outside SAINTE CHAPELLE. I haven't been inside since my first trip to Europe age 18, though I live a short walk away.
Yesterday seemed perfect to see SAINTE CHAPELLE in the morning and Le Vitrail Contemporain in the afternoon. I suggest you go as early as possible and buy your tickets online to avoid this line I'm standing in.
You enter the lower chapel, a confusion of people buying souvenirs. The small stairway to the upper chapel on the right goes almost unnoticed.
Voila!
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It's difficult with my iPad to get detailed shots of the glass
So I shot the painted floors
And painted walls. Fleur de lis everywhere.
The portico offers a chance to catch your breath.
Bear was breathless too.
j Downstairs I was tempted by glass medallions and Medieval tapestry pillows. I left with a postcard.
You go out these amazing gates.
Cross the street to cafe Aux Deux Palais for a café creme and a chance to recuperate.
Then take the #9 Metro to Trocadero to the CITÉ DE L'ARCHITECTURE ET PATRIMOINE.
The stained glass here is almost as glorious!
Matisse,
Chagall, and many other renown artists.
Since 1945 France has been creating more modern art stained glass windows than any other country in the world. There are an astonishing number of churches, many needing restoration after the war.
I came home inspired to make my own transparent watercolor layered, stained glass swatches, capturing the blues and reds of Sainte Chapelle.
Would you like one?
Just buy a Paris letter or map subscription or renew.
Voila!

27 comments:

Judith said...

Once upon a time I attended an evening concert at Sainte Chapelle. Mozart's Jubilate, Exsultate by candlelight. I no longer need to speculate about heaven.

Parisbreakfasts said...

They still have them Judith.
This is a Must do!!

La Table De Nana said...

What a wonderful outing!
I do love your little pan♥
Looks ceramic the holder instead of plastic..been playing with my vintage PH Martin liquids this late afternoon..too hot in the gardens....

Marie said...

My first visit to Sainte Chapelle was in the summer of 1972. I still remember vividly my astonishment and awe at what I considered a glorious stained-glass bubble!

Parisbreakfasts said...

It's not 'little'. They are over-sized Winsor & Newtons. Love em.

La Table De Nana said...

It did seeem large..I overuse the word little..and other words like love ..and cute etc..
I think you have spotlighted them before and I was smitten then also.

Ann said...

Wow, what a wonderful post and a great balance between Chagall and Sainte Chapelle. In 2000, I was in Paris for a few days (stayed at the Citadine's on the Seine) and went to a sacred music concert at Sainte Chapelle in the early evening (exquisite light!) and sat and drew in my journal. Thank you for reminding me of that excellent moment.

Jeanie said...

Hi Carol, catching up after vacation on your adventures! And you are in my favorite spot in all the world, the divine Ste. Chapelle.I've been there three or four times (twice for the wonderful concerts) and I remember walking up those stairs -- and the audible gasp I made when seeing those windows for the first time! It dazzles.

Speaking of Paris sketches, I love my renewal "pear" painting and am looking for a most suitable frame!

Joyfulartist said...

I gasped when I saw you photo of those huge stained glass windows. It's a "must do" next time I'm in Paris.

sukicart said...

I hadn't been back to Sainte Chapelle since 1989 until last May when we went for a concert of Vivaldis Four Seasons. I'd forgotten how magnificent those windows are and what a beautiful place to listen to beautiful music. A highlight of the trip and a must do on trips in the future.

Anonymous said...

I would suggest you tell Rosemary to check the closed captioning for her little video. The words are pretty bizarre (e.g., 'bomb' instead of 'fountain').

Yves Fey said...

Fabulous post on my favorite church ever - it can look like a fairy tale palace.

Parisbreakfasts said...

Rosemary is a wonderful tour guide to historic Paris.
That's what counts!

Kelly said...

How lovely, and it's one of my favorite sites in Paris.
Thank you!

Deborah said...

I adore your photos and your artistic sensibilities. They are much appreciated as you detail your love affair with my favorite European city!!

Peggy said...

Thank you, thank you for this! I love seeing these photos so very much.

Cyndy said...

Strongly recommend thé Vivaldi concerts at Sté Chappelle in summer!!! We So enjoyed:)

Parisbreakfasts said...

Thank you Peggy,
More stained glass windows to come!!

Barbara said...


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At St. Chapelle one should put all cameras away for a change--and stand in awe...bathed in beauty!

Love your site.

Parisbreakfasts said...

LOL :)
I'd have nothing to show you then...

Bonnie said...

I likely would have missed this if not for your Paris Breakfasts. Thank you!

In Paris Sept 10-16. I will be able to catch it. Perfect timing.

The Matisse glass stopped me in my tracks.

Parisbreakfasts said...

Get your SAINTE CHAPELLE tickets ahead!!

Parisbreakfasts said...

LOL :))
THANKS Jeanie!
Glad you love yr poire!!

Nikon said...

Gorgeous stained glass, Carol. The iPad seems to have done a fine job to me!
Good to see Bear, too.

Painting the hamptons said...

St. Chapelle is the most beautiful man made place in Paris. Thank you for taking me back there. Gorgeous post.

Parisbreakfasts said...

I went last nite! THANKS!!

Jeanie said...

Nice to be finally catching up with you, even if I'm not commenting on everything! Life, you know. Ste. C. is my favorite of all the churches. The first time I walked up those tricky steps I just gasped. I simply was overwhelmed by the light show streaming through the windows. You managed to get some good shots -- ipad and tourists notwithstanding!