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The Louvre-a photo essay

It may be considered sacrilegious in the art world, but I would be perfectly fine if I never set foot again inside the Lourve, the museum that many consider to be the greatest repository of art in the world. I’ve been there three times, and on each visit I’ve simply felt exasperated with the mobs of people as well as tired from the often far distances involved when traveling from one wing of the museum to the next. Don’t get me wrong, there are some incredible works there and no, I’m not just referring to the painting of a certain Italian woman.

Paris has so amazing museums to choose from. And even though there are still thousands of works of art I’ve yet to see in the Louvre, I can’t say on a return trip to Paris if I’d ever want to still seek them out. 
But in the meantime, here’s a collection of some photos from there-both on the inside and out. And trust  me, trying to get a photo of a famous work of art (i.e. Mona Lisa) sans people is next to impossible. Not  entirely impossible, just the impossible kind that requires an inordinate amount of patience, perseverance…well you get the idea.

Have you ever been? If yes, is it a museum you would want to visit again?

Arc de Triomphe du Carroussel


Hercules Battling Achelous Metamorphed into a Serpent

The Winged Victory
Yes, the most famous painting in the world really is THAT small. 
And it appears even tinier in person!

Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I and the Coronation of the Empress Josephine

The Lacemaker

Venus de Milo

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2 Comments

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    Jo Ann M.
    August 29, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Gorgeous photos! I haven’t been to the Louvre, but I understand what you are saying. Any place that’s a major tourist attraction is a challenge to visit, but I would still fight my way through to see just those masterpieces in your photos! Also, I would really love to see “The Raft of the Medusa” by Théodore Géricault & everything by David among so many others!

    I’d be excited just to see La Pyramide Inversée!

    I had the same type of experience (of course not on the scale of the Louvre) in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. So many works and so little time.

    I’m sure you have visited the Musée d’Orsay. If so, how did you like it?

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    the red headed traveler
    August 29, 2013 at 1:31 am

    You are absolutely right that there will always be the “big gun” tourist attractions that require sucking it up and fighting the crowds since they’re places everyone should see in their lifetime.

    My favorite part about the Louvre is probably the outside! I just love admiring the architecture and yes the famous pyramid 🙂 I also like to imagine how it once was as a palace and just the barren landscape before it.

    The Musee d’Orsay is equally crowded! And annoyingly with only one entrance so the crowds seemed worse. But…Impressionism is my favorite art period so I was simply in heaven.

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