This is my second visit to the Louvre, I absolutely love the place. Fantastic value for money when you see the treasures inside. They change all the time so last time was Rodin’s Thinker and Michaelangelo’s David, this time was the Venus de Milo and Neptune.
Last time they wouldn’t let you take photos of Mona Lisa, La Gioconda, Le Joconde or whatever name you give it, whereas this time there wasn’t even an official in the room. Personally I don’t see the big deal as it’s an uninteresting painting and not really that good but hey ho. I also was vastly disapppointed when coming through one section to find 2 Constables. Most 12 year old’s could paint just as well I feel and they’re simply not nice to look at. Everyone has different taste though I suppose.
My all time favourite thing in the Louvre is the sculpture by Antonio Canova called “Psyche ranimee par le baiser de l’Amour.” which loosely translated means “Psyche revived by a loving kiss.” I think. This is the most fabulous sculpture ever and I spent ages taking many photos of it. Canova has captured the spirit of the angel and the acceptance of Psyche so cleverly that I could stare at it all day. Even the expressions on the faces are so true to life and evoke emotion each time I look at it. I wish they’d put it on the floor so you can see Psyche’s face, I’ve tried to capture it in photo but it’s difficult to get at.
Anyway … if you ever visit France try to fit the Louvre in. You need a few days to see everything that’s on display but it’s well worth the effort in my opinion. I’ve got loads of photos so I cut the selection down to a few to make it manageable for here. I hope you like them.
Oh, if you try to take any water in with you they’ll take it off you. But there’s loads of places to get a drink and food once you’re inside and the prices are no worse than the rip off outside.