74/365 March 22, 2010: The Louvre Museum

On Monday morning we found a bus stop and figured out how to get to the Louvre Museum.   We decided to start with the Dennis wing since that is where the big three are.  Before we tracked them down, we strolled through a room of sculptures.  Here is a statue carved by Michelangelo Buonarroti.

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I loved this statue. It truly looks like he’s taking his own photo on a cell phone after killing the dragon.

 


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Here’s the Venus d’Milo, as lovely as ever.

 


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Formerly, the Louvre was the palace of the kings and queens of France.    The ceilings are works of art in themselves.

 


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I loved this one. It is gloriously overdone.

 


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I really liked the Winged Victory of Samorthrace, or what’s left of her.  Interestingly, in the room of paintings by the French Romantics, there is a huge painting of Liberty and she is in this same pose minus the wings and plug a head and arms.

 


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Near the Winged Victory were a number of Botticelli’s paintings.  Like Renoir, all the people in his paintings appear to be related.

 


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From there, we headed to the Grand Gallery of the Louvre.  It is full of artists I recognized,

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such as Raphael.  

 


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and Leonardo DaVinci.  The Mona Lisa is actually in a room off the Grand Gallery, but the other DaVinci paintings are in the Grand Gallery.

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In a room of French Romantic paintings there was an artist copying the painting that has the Winged Victory as LIberty.

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We entered and existed through the controversial pyramid entrance to the Louvre.  It fills the underground lobby with light and caused an uproar when it was built, both because it is so modern to be in the courtyard of a historical building and because the architect was American.

 


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You can rent audio tours of the Louvre.  I didn’t do that but I did have Rick Steve’s Paris podcasts on my iPod.  They covered the exact area we visited. It is not nearly as in depth and only covers a view objects of art, but I enjoyed it very much. You can download it from the iTunes store for free. It is meant to be a companion to his Paris guidebook.

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