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The Death of Marat, painting at the museum of fine arts in Brussels

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

The Death of Marat is an eighteenth century (Year 1793) painting in the Neo-classical style by the Jacques- Louis David. The painting is being revered and is praised as an image from the French Revolution. This painting depicts the killing of radical journalist Jean-Paul Marat, killed on the 13th of July 1793 by Charlotte Corday. Corday was a French Revolutionary figure hailing from a mediocre aristocratic family. Corday, held Marat for the September Massacres and feared an all out civil war. He favored the assassination as terming it as an effort to save one lakh lives by killing the only one.

Jean-Paul Marat was a Swiss-born French physician, philosopher, political theorist and scientist and was referred as the well known radical journalist and politician from the French Revolution. It is said about him that Marat use to take shelter of cold bath to ease him from the violent itching as emerging from skin diseases that he suffered for a long period and are said to be caused as when he was forced to escape in Paris sewers to save him from his enemies. David was a close friend of Marat, as well as a strong supporter of Robespierre and the Jacobins. As he had a facial tumor as occurred due to fencing, David was excessively happy with his capacity to convince crowd for their speeches. He as an effort to memorize his friend, David painted this portrait of Marat.

Marat is quite praised one and is idealized and the painting there keeps no sign of skin problems. However in this painting he is not shown with the marks of his skin problems. David, however, collected the details from his visit to Marat’s residence well before the assassination as including, the green rug, the papers, and the pen.  David, there promised his friends in the National Convention that would inspect and show their murdered friend invocatively. The Death of Marat is there referred and designed as a personal hero. Yet the name Charlotte Corday can be seen there on the paper as kept in Marat’s left hand, the assassin herself is not visible.

While a close look of this painting shows Marat at his last breath when Corday and many others were yet close to them. And there David had tried to preserve more than the horror of martyrdom. In this manner, the painting, entirely from its beginning is a systematic construction of the victim and according to many critiques is termed as the “awful beautiful lie”. Many a times, the painting Death of Marat is been compared to the Michelangelo’s Pieta.

Le Meridien Bruxelles, 5 stars hotel in Brussels

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Le Meridien Bruxelles 5 Stars Hotel in Brussels

Le Meridien Bruxelles 5 Stars Hotel in Brussels

•    Overview of the Hotel: Le Meridien Bruxelles is situated across from Brussels Central Train Station, and has distance of about 5 minutes from the Grand Place. Most of the spacious room presents the exquisite city views. There you can have exercise at your 24 hour fitness center. After that you can refresh yourself with a drink at the bar. The L’Epicerie Restaurant presents there French cuisine in a Caribbean setting. From the hotel you can reach Magritte Museum about in 7 minutes. The European Commission is there about 4 metro stops away from there. The hotel has about 224 rooms and it is the Chain of Le Meridien Hotels and Resorts.

•    Amenities at the Hotel:
For General facilities in the hotel it includes the following one as restaurant, bar, 24-hour front desk, newspapers,  non-smoking rooms, rooms/facilities for disabled guests, elevator, express check-in/check-out, safe, soundproofed rooms, heating, baggage storage, stores in hotel, gay friendly, allergy-free room. In services hotel provides the following one as fitness center, casino, massage, hiking, room service, meeting/banquet facilities, business center, babysitting/child services, laundry, dry cleaning, breakfast in the room, ironing service, honeymoon suite, currency exchange, souvenirs/gift shop, car rental,      fax/photocopying and  ticket ser.

•    Hotel Rules:
With respect to the hotel rules there are some common rules in the hotel that are common for every guest staying in the hotel. However, these hotel rules get change from rooms to room where a person is staying in.  The check in time into the hotel is 15:00 - 00:00 hours and checkout time is between 07:00 - 12:00 hours. The Cancellation and prepayment policies there vary according to the room type.  Pets are allowed in the hotel. It accepts credit cards as American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, Carte Bleue, Diners Club and JCB.

•    Hotel Room Types and Rates:

Superior Double/Twin Room: € 125 (Per Night)
Deluxe King/Twin Room: € 175 (Per Night)

Bavarian National Museum, one of the historical museums

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

The Bavarian National Museum is among one of the most important cultural history museums in entire Europe. The building is stood tall in the style of historism by Gabriel von Seidl 1894-1900 and is the most original and significant museum building of that time and era. The building is situated at the Prinzregentenstrasse, which is among one of the city’s four royal avenues. The museum at the time was constructed at the place of an older building; presently, it houses the State Museum of Ethnology. The museum was established by the king Maximilian II of Bavaria in 1855. It keeps an entire big house with collection of European artifacts from the late antiquity till the early 20th century. From the start, the entire collection is equally divided into two main groups as the art historical collection and the folklore collection.

While at the back side of the museum, there is located the house of the Bavarian State Archaeological Collection (Archäologische Staatssammlung) as from the very first  settlement as occurred during the Paleolithic Ages through the Celtic civilization and the Roman period till the early Middle Ages. The art historical collection there shows the artworks in a tour as kept in about forty rooms as ranging from the hall for late antiquity and Romanesque art through the rooms for Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo art to the exhibits of Classicism and Art Nouveau.

Among the exhibits in the museum the prominent ones include the things like one as ivory reliefs, goldsmith works, textiles, glass painting, tapestries and shrines. There on show remain the sculptures as developed by the prominent sculptors like Erasmus Grasser, Tilman Riemenschneider, Hans Multscher, Hans Leinberger, Adam Krafft, Giovanni Bologna, Hubert Gerhard, Adriaen de Vries, Johann Baptist Straub, Ferdinand Tietz, Ignaz Günther, Matthias Steinl, and Ludwig Schwanthaler. The museum is too poplar for its collections of courtly culture, musical instruments, furnitures, oil paintings, sketches, clocks, stoneware, majolica, miniatures, porcelain and faience. It is about the world’s best collection of the Nymphenburg porcelain figures of Franz Anton Bustelli (1723-63). At the western direction of the museum is located The Bollert Collection having the late medieval sculptures and paintings. The Folklore collection there keeps the conventional Bavarian furnitures, rural pottery, crockery and religious folklore involving the extraordinary collection of Neapolitan, Sicilian, Tyrolian and Bavarian Wood Carvings with street scenes and Nativity Scenes.

Le Meridien Bruxelles, five stars hotel in Brussels

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Le Meridien Bruxelles five stars hotel in Brussels

Le Meridien Bruxelles five stars hotel in Brussels

•  Overview of the Hotel: This Le Meridien Bruxelles hotel is situated across the Brussels Central Train Station, about a 5-minute walk away from Grand Place. Most of the big rooms of the hotel provide an exclusive city views. The   Meridien Brussels has about a 24-hour reception and a massage service. From there you can reach upto the Magritte Museum about in about 7 minutes. The European Commission is about only 4 stands away from there. The hotel has about 224 rooms and it is the chain of the Le Meridien Hotels _ Resorts.

•    Amenities at the Hotel: As far as for the general amenities in the hotel the prominent ones are as restaurant, bar, 24-hour front desk, newspapers,     non-smoking rooms, rooms/facilities for disabled guests, elevator,  express check-in/check-out, safe, soundproofed rooms, heating, baggage storage, stores in hotel, gay friendly and allergy-free room. With respect to activities in the hotel it includes as the fitness center, casino, massage and hiking. in services it includes the things as the room service, meeting/banquet facilities, business center, babysitting/child services, laundry, dry cleaning, breakfast in the room, ironing service, honeymoon suite, currency exchange,  souvenirs/gift shop, car rental,        fax/photocopying and ticket ser.

•    Hotel Rules: With respect to hotel rules for the Le Meridien Bruxelles despite being a general policy. The hotel rules change from hotel rooms to hotel rooms. The Check in time into hotel is 15:00 to 00:00 hours. And the check out time is 07:00 - 12:00 hours. Cancellation and prepayment policies there vary accordingly from room type to room type. The hotel accepts cards like American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, Carte Bleue, Diners Club and JCB.

•    Hotel Room Types and Rates:

Superior Double/Twin Room: € 119 (Per Night)
Deluxe King/Twin Room: € 169 (Per Night)

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