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Paris – Louvre Museum

March 20, 2009
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Musée du Louvre, Richelieu Wing



The present-day Louvre has been the result of a series of successive building projects completed over the past 800 years. Wikipedia page. It is located on the Right Bank in the 1er arrondissement between the Rue de Rivoli and the Seine River, the same river that flows to where the Eiffel tower is.

Home to many notable works of art and perhaps the most visited museum in the world, the Louvre used to be a palace under the reign of Philip II.

We arrived in Paris coming from Marne La Vallee via RER at the Opera Station, hubby brought his navigator so it didn’t took us much time to find the museum. We had some photo op on the way, which I will upload in the following posts.

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Antiquaires

 

An antique dealer’s shop opposite the Louvre. We were quite ecstatic seeing this, we actually thought that this is the musem. lol.

Walking a bit further and to the front of the antique shop is a courtyard, turns out that is the French consulate. Opposite is the entrance to the Louvre.

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Musee du Louvre

The inscription at the entrance of the Louvre Museum caught my eyes immediately. The French Rennaisance style easily seen as its influence. I’ve forgotten now how much we paid for the entrance…though we had to wait a bit in line before we got in, one could just awe at the magnificence of this vast infrastructure.

 

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Dad and son1

That’s hubby and son1 by the (Half) Pyramid at the courtyard. The pyramid is the main entrance to the Louvre itself. The main lobby is actually below the ground.

 

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Daughter by escalator

View from inside the pyramid, though this is when were going up already. Escalators and elevators are available for use.

 

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Winged Victory of Samothrace

That’s Niké en chiton ionique. Also called the Winged Victory of Samothrace. It is one of the surviving masterpieces of Hellenic sculpture despite its significant damage. Believed to date from 220-190 BC. This sculpture stands at the Daru staircase, which is the perfect spot for such a work of art.

paintings
Just got tired…
Taking a rest from the long walk as hubby takes more photos of the paintings on display. I do love walking around museums but the Louvre is just too big you definitely would appreciate a minute or two of sitting.
greek sculpture
nose gone

 Greek sculptures–severed head. Either the parts were lost or the sculptor intended it that way, since during that certain era, sculptors would make less visible parts of statues, also body parts are made separately then assembled together.

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3 maidens, hubby's fave
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Three muses…hah…hubby’s fave? Nah, he posed beside almost every statue.
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Venus de milo, famous for missing arms and hands
Venus de Milo. One spectator said that it was perhaps during transport, that the hands of the statue got lost. I jokingly said Hercules threw a discus and accidentally destroyed the arms…referring to the Disney movie Hercules. =D Kidding aside, here’s what really happened.
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Gold ceiling

Painting on the ceiling…this could be of Roman origin. The most extensive royal abode I visited with gold plated on wall edges is Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace, its ballroom’s ceiling is also painted but without gold in it so I was in awe at this display…I sadly forgot now where this one actually came from.

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Sphinx of Tanis

Great sphinx of Tanis. This is one of the largest sphinxes outside Egypt. According to archaeologists, certain details suggest that this sphinx dates to an earlier period – the Old Kingdom (c. 2600 BC).

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Mona Lisa

La Joconde, The Mona Lisa. Perhaps the most famous painting in the world, a portrait by Leonardo da Vinci of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo, that has been finally established as a fact just this month. The La Joconde has been subject to many critics and research and at one time; a robbery. Thus, it has been displayed at the museum’s Salle des États inside a purpose-built, climate-controlled enclosure behind bullet proof glass. A wooden rail prohibits the viewers from coming too near the painting. But the guards were so kind to have let us go past it, really thankful!

By the way, Jean Reno who played Bezu Fache in the movie Da Vinci code which was set at the Louvre, did a narration: the Da Vinci code soundwalk for the museum. The audio guide gives the listener historical facts and meanings of many paintings at the museum.
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The Louvre is not just big…but really really big, we were not able to finish touring it. Half day won’t be enough for hubby, an artist and admirer of art and for me, an art lover who once dreamed of becoming an artist. =P The Louvre is truly an art lover’s haven, no wonder it gathers as much as 8million visitors a year!
(This Photo is courtesy of the Free online photos.)

 

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  1. I so so loved these arts even way back from high school and when we studied the Greek Mythology, always fascinated by the stories of Rome and Greece and other ancient civilizations.. 🙂

  2. My dad went there a few years back, and he said that no pictures can really justify the beauty of all the masterpieces that are there. And it’s so big that one day is definitely not enough. It will surely be a dream come true to walk through the Louvre. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. ooohhhh always curious with Italy. And someday, I would love to travel and explore it! i guess, especially the food! I am a big fan of Italian food… spaghetti, pizza, pasta… and whatever they can offer me that I do not know… I’ll take it…

  4. the pyramid reminds me of tom hank’s da vinci code. many artifacts here are priceless… reminders of the past. hope someday i can also visit this place too. Yahweh bless.

  5. If I have the chance to travel in this place never that I will miss this museum. Those statues and paintings are truly a must-see. And the Mona Lisa painting, is that really the original one/

    1. Speculations say, the original one is hidden and that the one on display is a replica, then again they have tight security and its well-cared for state would say otherwise. 🙂

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