Plaques, plaques...

Walking along the streets, along the banks of Île Saint-Louis, you will probably find one of the world’s highest concentration of commemorative plaques. Almost all the buildings are from the middle of the 17th century, most of them with the brothers Louis and François Le Vau as architects.

You will find most of the names referred to on the plaques on Wikipedia (I “stole” only the portraits), but not quite all. There are names like Camille Claudel, Honoré Daumier, George Pompidou, Théophraste Renaudot, Emile Bernard, Philippe de Champaigne, Georges Moustaki, Saint Vincent de Paul (but he’s only there because of “Les filles de la Charité” – The Daughters of Charity)  … and there is one building with three Nobel Prizes – two by Marie Curie and one by René Cassin… and … even forgetting about the plaques (I may have missed one or two), it’s just a nice walk!


Jeanie said...

Isn't it wonderful to be in a city with such history that one can actually have so many plaques -- and learn as you take your walk!

Bob Alescio said...

You collect these like trading cards. I'm looking for the ultra rare Abelard and Heloise. ))

Anonymous said...

One more of your excellent posts, always trying for us to catch up with the city you love so much. Thank you, Peter.

Camille Claudel had a brother named Paul. This young man always loved his sister and wished her the best. Paul Claudel's virtuosity as a poet/diplomat, to this day is unmatched in the history of French diplomacy. I read a lot about his career, because part of it is linked to Darius Milhaud.

Paul Claudel was sent to Brazil as ambassador of France, and he chose as the first secretary of his embassy a brilliant young musician named Darius Milhaud, one of my favorite composers.

And here's a link to a letter sent by "somebody" to Camille Claudel.