In the nineteenth century, Paris became the city of modernity. But art, it seemed, needed to catch up - and Baudelaire's call for artists to paint modern life is truly evident at the d'Orsay.
Whilst Leonardo is undoubtedly one of the stars of the Louvre, there is a tendency to forget its other treasures - which can often be discovered by accident on your way to finding something on the museum map.
The Louvre... absolutely huge, it used to be a royal palace. It comprises three wings, several floors and several thousand objects, with the crowning jewel often perceived to be Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.
I used to think art was just pretty pictures – particularly when you see portraits of glamorous women in country houses. My personal favourite when I was younger was a beautiful portrait of a woman in the study of Sudbury Hall who was wearing a pink dress and holding a huge pink feather – mainly…