Names from France – Géry, Leonetto, Praxède, Rembrandt

Today’s batch of names comes from various museums and exhibits.

In the Louvre, for instance, the first interesting name I spotted was Praxède:

Sainte Praxède was painted by Simone Pignoni (1611-1698). This 2nd-century Roman saint, who may not have actually existed, is known as Praxedis in Latin and Prassede in Italian.

The next two were Géry and Gudule:

St. Géry (in Latin: Gaugericus) is the subject, while Sainte-Gudule refers to the church in the background (top left).

I also made notes about the names Théodule and Thadée while in the Louvre, but I didn’t take photos to go with them.

In the Musée d’Orsay, the first name that caught my eye was Leonetto:

Italian poster art designer Leonetto Cappiello created this sculpture of Yvette Guilbert in 1899.

The next was Cuno:

Swiss painter Cuno Amiet painted Paysage de Neige in 1904. (The painting is actually quite large and impressive. This photo doesn’t do it justice at all.)

And how could I forget Rembrandt:

No, not that Rembrandt…though the Italian sculptor, Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916), really was named for the 17th-century Dutch painter. (Prophetic, no? And, as a result, a bit confusing for museum-goers.)

And don’t overlook that surname. Rembrandt’s brother was Ettore Bugatti, the famed automobile designer. In fact, the sculpture is of Ettore’s first wife Barbara.

While in the south of France, we visited the Monte Carlo Casino:

Just beyond the entrance we found an exhibit of sculptures. I can’t remember the artist’s name, and I wasn’t allowed to take photos, but one was of a female named Madelon, and another was called Ipazia (Italian for Hypatia).

Names from France series: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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