Praise for Olivier Bernier's The World in 1800:

" Olivier Bernier’s richly detailed, engaging, and elegant book offers a splendid refresher course on a pivotal moment in world history–the dawn of the modern era."–Francine du Plessix Gray

"Elegantly written." –The New York Times Book Review

"Bernier’s style is easeful and informed: he has an acute eye for a colourful, clever, and iconic image."–The Times (London)

"Sweeping, impressively argued. . . . A distinguished work of popular history."–Kirkus Reviews

"Bernier is less interested in historical debates than in telling a good story."–San Francisco Chronicle

"When the art historian in Bernier gains ascendancy, the result is wonderful."–The Australian Financial Review


Olivier Bernier was born in the United States of French parents and was educated in Paris, at Harvard, and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. He is the author of several critically acclaimed histories, including Fireworks at Dusk: Paris in the Thirties; Words of Fire, Deeds of Blood: The Mob, the Monarchy, and the French Revolution; and Louis XIV: A Royal Life. He has also taught art history and is widely acclaimed for his lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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Popes and Painters, Rome in the Renaissance
In Their Own Image: painters and Self Portraits: Rembrandt
In Their Own Image: painters and Self Portraits: Van Gogh
Louis XIV, A Royal Life
Louis XV, A Civilized King
Madame de Pompadour, Mistress of the Arts
Marie Antoinette, Queen of Fashion

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Trips (2008):

January 10-28:

January 29-February 14:
South India

February 14-March 6:

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Exotic Antiquities:
November 22: The Riches of Libya: from Leptis Magna to Ptolemais, the glories of ancient Rome.

November 29: Palaces for the Gods: the temples and bronzes of South India.

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(c) Copyright 2008, Olivier Bernier