Nature, art, and authenticity
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The typical visitor to the Musee de la Marine in Paris is apt to be attracted to the intricately carved models of ancient French galleons or to the remains of Napoleon's imperial barge. In the presence of these concrete vestiges of Gallic naval ambition, one can easily miss the panoramas of French seaports which line the walls. If someone does stop for a moment to admire these works by the eighteenth century painter Joseph Vernet, he or she may well be charmed by these busy portraits of the commercial life of the ancien regime. But Vernet's strict academic style, obsession with detail, and intense formalism may seem out of touch with our century and its taste.