Musee du Louvre

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Venus de Milo.
     One of my most anticipated stops on this trip was our visit to the Louvre.  Built in 1190 as a fortress, it was later used to house works of art.  It was not opened to the public until after the French Revolution.  It houses 35,000 works of art, which are divided into eight categories.

     The main attraction is the Mona Lisa, which is painted on a wood.  I prefer sculpture and sought out the Venus de Milo.  It was taller than I expected and unfortunately, is showing some age.  Our museum guide pointed out the drill holes on her right arm and head.  She was found with them and it is theorized that at one time she wore a headband and armband.  Any ideas as to what position her arms might have been?

     We were "guided" or herded through a two and a half hour tour, designed to show us the highlights.
Silhouette of pyramid.
  "Mona", "Venus", and Winged Victory are the three that get the most attention.  (See, two of three are sculptures!!).  It would take hours/days to see everything and I hated to be led around.  I wanted all day to explore!  Luckily, when the tour ended, we had almost two hours to eat and do some shopping.  Hey ..... I can eat or shop anytime, so exploring I went.

     Hammarabbi's Code was first on my list so with a little help from the information desk, I found it.  The king inscribed all his laws on the six foot polished "obelisk" so no man could claim ignorance of the law.  I also hunted for and found the "Seated Scribe".  Colors were still quite vivid, which reminds me, my wife and I were astonished at how bright the colors were on nearly all the paintings.
Winged Victory.
  And their size!!  A few of the paintings had the square footage of a small flat!

    With great reluctance, I left the Louvre.  Being a teacher, it is thrilling to see in front of me what I have only seen in textbooks with my students for so many years.  The awe and wonder never get old when I see something like this.

     As Arnold said in The Terminator, "I'll be back!"

     Next we strolled down the Tulleries toward the Arc de Triomphe.  We encountered a lot of families and art students along the way.  Young boys sailing small boats in a pond, dozens of students sketching away, the Obelisk, and several sites greeted us along the way.  A very peaceful and pleasant way to wind down before dinner.
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Venus de Milo.
Venus de Milo.
Silhouette of pyramid.
Silhouette of pyramid.
Winged Victory.
Winged Victory.
Wonder who she really was?
Wonder who she really was?
One of Michelangelos Slaves.
One of Michelangelo's "Slaves".
Mini-sphinx??
Mini-sphinx??
Originally, the Louvre was a fort.
Originally, the Louvre was a fort.
Hammarabbis Code.
Hammarabbi's Code.
Close-up of the cuneiform writings…
Close-up of the cuneiform writing…
The Assyrian Bulls.
The Assyrian Bulls.
I have no idea!
I have no idea!
Mysterious fellow.
Mysterious fellow.
Compare size to tourists.
Compare size to tourists.
City gates to ???
City gates to ???
Vivid colors.
Vivid colors.
Musee du Louvre.
Musee du Louvre.
Across from the Louvres glass pyr…
Across from the Louvre's glass py…
Looks like fun.
Looks like fun.
Neptune.
Neptune.
Why cant we get these in America?
Why can't we get these in America?
Peaceful!
Peaceful!
Paris
photo by: Sweetski