Visiting the Louvre is like an ant drinking from a firehose — the quantity and quality of the masterpieces is overwhelming. You could easily spend weeks in there. (And if you don’t bring a map with you, you might never get out.)
Fortunately, Amanda and I had each “done the Louvre” during previous trips, so we were free to focus on the key exhibits that we wanted to see again (or that we hadn’t seen the first time around). Naturally, we hit some of the major pieces (partially because Amanda wanted to take photos for the humanities class she teaches, but also because it’s really impossible to see them too many times), as well as some of the “lesser” pieces.
The Mona Lisa
|She’s at the end of the corridor|
The Greek Marbles
Amanda and I both really love the Greek statues. Plus, since all the best marbles are in Paris, London and Berlin (and not in Greece), we felt like were bringing some closure to our trip to Greece in 2009.
|Venus de Milo|
Normally the statues of young men don’t have beards. I thought it interesting that this one did.
Cupid and Psyche is one of my all-time favorites in the collection.
|Cupid and Psyche|
I’ve always been partial to Saint George slaying the dragon. These are three small paintings that were hanging in a row in the corridor on the way to the Mona Lisa.
|La Cour Marly|
The Medieval Louvre
The Louvre has been around for a long time, and before becoming the elegant palace we know today, it was a fortified castle. The Très Riches Heures of the Duc de Berry is an illuminated prayer book that contains an exquisite depiction of the medieval fortress. All that remains of this fortress are the foundation stones, which can be seen in the sub-basement of the modern Louvre.
|From the Très Riches Heures|
|Model of the medieval Louvre|
|Model of the medieval city, aerial view|