Furrylittlegnome has just finished watching a Rick Steves travel episode on PBS. She doesn’t go anywhere overseas without his trusty guidebooks. During this particular one half hour adventure, he took his viewers to Paris and one of his stops was to Le Louvre. Gnome does not want to get all artsy with all of you, but she has to admit, one of her favorite paintings is housed here.
La musée du louvre is a spectacular sight. The facade seems to stretch for miles whilst the pyramids designed by I.M. Pei (who also designed the JFK Library & Museum in Boston) looks out of place.
No matter how many times you visit this museum, you still have to catch a glimpse of two of its most famous pieces. Located on the ground floor in the Sully wing, standing just shy of seven feet tall, is the “Venus de Milo” (bottom left). This Greek marble sculpture was created about 100 BC.
Located in the Italian painting section of Le Louvre, the “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo Da Vinci (bottom right), painted in the early 1500s, stands alone on a wall, while security and a rope keep visitors at bay who want to get close to this most recognized painting in the world. There are constant screams of “no flash” and while furrylittlegnome always finds herself in the middle of the mob to see this painting, what strikes her the most is how small and ordinary it is.
Below is “Liberty Leading the People.” Eugene Delacroix was a French artist born outside of Paris in 1798 who was part of the Romanticism movement. It was the summer of 1830 and Parisians were uprising. Napolean had been replaced with King Charles X and the people are unhappy as the king was an oppressor. For three days in July, there was fighting in the streets of Paris, and Delacroix was an observer.
The painting is “Liberty” carrying the Tricolore through battle. There is death but also victory. If you look closely, different social classes came together for freedom. There are peasants and aristocrats fighting for the same thing.