After looking at tens of thousands of paintings
, Plaid Boy
and I decided it was time to check the sculptures and installations. It’s a wonder to see how artists from that age depicted life and beliefs with great attention to detail. The way they’ve portrayed their gods and human stills in marble was interesting, but the way they’ve respected every inch of the human body was out of this world.
I thoroughly enjoyed browsing through the Hellenistic statues and sculptures. Admittedly, I was a bit too distracted to take photos of everything I liked #badblogger. I’m a bit gutted we didn’t get to see Winged Victory of Samothrace
(aka the goddess Nike) as she’s currently undergoing a 4M€ restoration, but we did get to see Venus de Milo
which I was seriously more ecstatic about than Mona Lisa.
Venus de Milo aka Aphrodite. I was seriously awestruck. Beautiful in every sense of the word. I wanted to go past the ropes and touch her.
And yes, we did have a look at those Apollos. =)
After looking at the Greek sculptures and Roman mixed media art, we had a look at the other trinkets and collections from ancient Rome and Egypt. I particularly enjoyed looking at the jewelry… but my partner had to drag me away to see some taxidermy and mummies. Erm… come on, now. Won’t you rather be looking at this….
Yeah, that’s all I’m saying.
We also managed to check out the original foundation of the Louvre in the medieval times. Back in the 1100s, King Philippe Auguste built a massive fortress on the site of the current-day Louvre to protect Paris from goonies! The fortress is constructed around moats and defensive towers and an enormous keep, referred to as the Grosse tour, stood at the center. You can still view the lower levels of this fortress today.
It really is a magnificent place. Can you imagine living in that period? Can you imagine living that way in that period? The elegance, the lavishness, the abundance of all rich things?
We’ve exhausted the art in the Denon and Sully wings and decided we should take advantage of the (relatively) sunny morning and take photos of the pyramid outside. As you can see, the queues have started to form yet again. We still had to check the Richelieu wing but decided to pass on that for some other time.
To be continued…