July 14, 2010

Musée du Louvre - July 5

The Louvre Museum contains one of the most important art collections in the world.  It has a history dating back to the medieval times.
Over many centuries the Louvre was enlarged by a succession of French rulers.

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
This triumphal arch was built to celebrate Napoleon's military victories in 1805.

The Glass Pyramid

The new main entrance designed by architect I.M. Pei in 1989 is made of metal and glass.  The pyramid enables the visitor to see the buildings around the palace, while allowing light down into the underground visitors' reception area.

The Louvre is immense and contains three main wings: the Richelieu, the Sully and the Denon. 

Karl went to the Denon Wing where many of the Italian, Spanish and 19th-century French paintings can be found.  (This is also the wing made famous by Dan Brown in the Da Vinci Code.)

Napoleon crowning himself then his Josephine.  Notice how the "church" is seated lower than the Emperor.

Of course there's the Mona Lisa.

I went to the Richelieu wing.  I wanted to see the Dutch paintings and found "The Lacemaker" by J. Vermeer.

Then it was onto the French sculptures.  Oh my, I could have sat there and admired even just one all day.

Mercury tying on his wings (to his ankles).

We took time out to play a little.

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