On our third day in Paris, we were brought to the Louvre. I remembered my tita telling my cousins to “huwag na huwag silang hindi dadalhin sa Louvre.” Talk about redundant negatives (in Filipino, of course). There are two places in France called Louvre, but the one in Paris is a museum. If it doesn’t ring a bell, please ask author Dan Brown; he knows this place so much to write about it!
I don’t know but I marked this visit my first, serious museum trip. I have visited many museums in our locality, but nothing compared to the knowledge that I’d be seeing world-renown art!
When we stepped into the lobby, we were surprised to see a long stretch of people, early in the morning, eager to come and see Mona Lisa. Of course, that’s primarily why we went here, but I’m also in for the other artworks. The latter has more weight!
I can’t help but to look up at the ceiling. Please. Art is everywhere in The Louvre.
Our first stop, a treasure trove of marble statues.
I love this sculpture of Atalanta, running away.
Someone’s really cheeky!
View of the building outdoors. Totally magnificent! If you watched Da Vinci Code, you’d find those glass pyramids familiar.
On the second floor, there’s a mysterious statue that’s creating a buzz.
And then we were led to more art. This time, paintings! Here is another ceiling shot, because they’re too beautiful to be ignored. The other reason: there were so many people that day I could hardly get a good shot of the frames.
Adults and kids scattered about, cultivating their art tastes.
One of the Renaissance rooms.
I dub this, Two Asian Girls Looking at the Nude Muse.
This painting was featured in my art encyclopedia and has been a favorite since I was young. She is Madamoiselle Caroline Riviere, as painted by Auguste Dominique Ingres.
The Coronation of Napoleon by the king’s official painter, Jacques-Louis David.
Since there were many people but so little time, we only got to view two out of three floors of the museum. We haven’t seen the King’s Room, which is a space dedicated to royal armaments and jewelries. What we saw, however, was La Jaconda, or Mona Lisa, and we found the legend to be true. It was said that Mona Lisa’s eyes follow you as you gaze into her painting.
I think we have so much reason to return to this place, after all!