On the left, Charles Garnier, relatively unknown till he won the
competition to design the Paris Opera, and much neglected
during his lifetime. But the beautiful Opera has outlasted all those who
ignored him and they are long forgotten. And the locals, who know best, now
call it the Opera Garnier.
Below, a reproduction of the original
ceiling of the Opera. This ceiling is still there a few inches behind the new, Chagall one. Perhaps they were worried that the Chagall might give them
something a little too daring!