The Louvre, is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. Mitch and I started our visit in the lower most level of the Louvre, walking around the foundation in what was the moat of the original 13th century castle. By the 14th century the Louvre had become a royal home and later still a renaissance palace.
The Louvre is amazing and exhausting! There is room after room after room of stuff to see. We were there for 3 hours and saw just a very small portion of the museum.
I was probably equally impressed by the building/architecture than the collections themselves. Two works in particular I spent time admiring were Rembrandt’s ‘Bathsheba at Her Bath’ and ‘Liberty Leading the People’ by Eugène Delacroix.
Prior to this trip I hadn’t come across the work of Delacroix but I am fast becoming a huge fan. Eugène Delacroix was one of the giants of French painting. In Amsterdam at the Van Gogh Museum I learnt how Delacroix’s theory of colours had a huge influence on Vincent Van Gogh.
While the above scene of David spying on Bathsheba had been painted before, Rembrandt’s sensual and empathetic depiction differs in its tight pictorial focus and erotic vitality. Seeing this painting in the flesh you appreciate the broad, thick brushstrokes and the masterful use of light and dark.
Napoleon III opulent apartment interiors are an example of the rococo style for which the eighteenth century was famous.
Today on the 8th of April 2019 I turned 34 years old. Birthday Lunch in Paris. Here we are celebrating post Louvre eating lunch in the Tuileries gardens.
the ARC DE TRIOMPHE
It was a hot afternoon and I complained the whole way as we walked down the Champs-Eleeyes which was full of people. It is a lot of walking, but worth it to see the Arc de Triomphe as it is one of the most famous monuments in Paris, France. Its amazing cars ever get off this round about it’s so chaotic.
Sunset in Gentilly