The Rest of The Louvre

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.

Louvre pyramid
Louvre pyramid

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:

Bound Slave by Michaelangelo
Bound Slave by Michaelangelo
Dying Slave by Michaelangelo
Dying Slave by Michaelangelo

Canova’s Pysche Revived By Cupid’s Kiss. A museum patron happily takes it all in, while a second looks away.

Psyche and Cupid by Canova
Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss, by Canova

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.

Venus de Milo
Venus de Milo

No visit to the Louvre would be complete without da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, despite the crowds and glare off the protective glass.

Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa

And some personal favorites:

self portrait by Albrecht Durer
self portrait by Albrecht Durer

Vermeer is noted for his scarce, photo-realistic paintings.

The Astronomer by Johannes Vermeer
The Astronomer by Johannes Vermeer
The Lacemaker by Johannes Vermeer
The Lacemaker by Johannes Vermeer
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I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

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