After a refreshing lunch, we tried to tackle the rest of the Louvre in an afternoon, a daunting task. To save time, we ate at a restaurant at the Louvre and enjoyed I. M. Pei’s pyramid that opened up a underground museum entrance.
Guided by the Louvre’s map, we tried to see our favorite art before our feet gave out. We enjoy marble statues, especially after our visit to Rome. Michelangelo’s slaves:
Canova’s Pysche Revived By Cupid’s Kiss. A museum patron happily takes it all in, while a second looks away.
And the incomparable Venus de Milo. The bright sunlight through a window overwhelms the side in shadow, so the shadow side is too dark without a fill flash or reflector. But perhaps the picture is stronger this way — art versus craft. Whatever the answer, this Greek woman has shaped the ideals of western beauty for centuries.
No visit to the Louvre would be complete without da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, despite the crowds and glare off the protective glass.
And some personal favorites:
Vermeer is noted for his scarce, photo-realistic paintings.