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In addition to a few Spanish Reals, the coins were minted between 1569 and 1651 and they marked the reigns of Henri II, Henri III, Henri IV, Louis XIII and Louis XIV. The value of the coins was estimated at 250,000 francs.

Since the coins were found completely by chance, the man and the boy get to keep them by giving half to the owner of the land; in this case the mayor of the commune where they were found. This find coincides with the 900th anniversary of the town of Dormont.

But don't bother to bring your metal detector to France. If you are a real prospector, you do not get to keep what you find and the owner of the land gets nothing either - the state takes it all - I suppose on the ground that the French state owns all underground mineral rights.

The Photographer and His Model

'L'Art du Nu au XIXe Siècle' and 'Portraits, Singulier Pluriel' are two parallel exhibitions mounted by the departments of stamps and photographs of the Bibliothèque Nationale.

'L'Art du Nu au XIXe Siècle' is an exhibition of 350 - mostly expo photographer and model photographs - donated to the bibliothèque, from a time when the photography was not considered an form of art in itself. Most of the photos were used by illustrators and painters, for use as models for their work. At the time, a 'nude' was considered more or less equivalent to a view of the forest at Fontainbleau.

A reproduction from the BNF show of 'L'Art du Nu au XIXe Siècle'

Delacroix was the first big-time painter to use photographs for this purpose; and others either bought them 'ready-made' or commissioned them for their specific use. For big scenes, painters could divide a photo into squares, and transfer the elements within a square to a corresponding piece of canvas.

Alfred de Vigny et les Arts

Taught design by his mother, then a student of Girodet, Alfred de Vigny was sensitive to art at an early age. Like Hugo, Musset, Merimée and Gautier, he dreamed of an alliance between artists expo: Alfred de Vigny and poets. This exhibition attempts to be the re-creation of a virtual dialogue between the two.

A unity of inspiration is shown by manuscripts, letters, paintings and sculptures, done by artists and writers who de Vigny knew; some of them done after his death. With the objects on display - most of them little-known - one penetrates to the interior of de Vigny's imagination.

Musée de la Vie Romantique
From Saturday, 22. November to 1. March 1998.
Open from 10:00 to 17:40 daily except Mondays.
16. rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Info Tel.: 01 48 74 95 39.

Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 1.41 - 2. December 1996 featured the columns - Metropole Diary's 'Out of the Rain and Into Dreamland' and 'Au Bistro' had - 'Truckers and Johnny Hallyday End Suspense,With Mixed Results.' The articles in the issue were 'More Keels Than I Can Haul /Salon Nautique Features count-down eiffel - Big Boats, Little Boatsand Old Boats and Other Stuff' - 'Rare Book Search Gets No Café - Elusive Book Remains Unfound in Latin Quarter' and 'The Sorrow of Raicho Gunchev - Scholar-Hunter Turns to Conservation and Video in Bulgaria - by Paul Swider.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week rounded off the issue.

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 2000:

Only 761 days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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