The Louvre

from Henry’s view

On first full day in Paris, we went to the Louvre.  It poured during the walk there, so we were extra glad to make it into the glass pyramid entrance.  The lines were much shorter than I had expected, we were in in less than half an hour.  I think the rain and the fact that it was early were both in our favor.

The Mona Lisa

We decided to see the Mona Lisa (lower picture) first.  The path there was, as you might expect, very well labeled.  Though there were more people in the museum later on, the room with the Mona Lisa was definitely the most crowded.  The one thing I have to say about it is that it definitely doesn’t deserve its fame.  I was told that the painting across from the Mona Lisa, the Wedding Feast at Cana (upper picture), is better, which I agree with.  Mom says, and I think she’s partly true, that a lot of what I like about is its size.  It is enormous, taking up most of a wall.  The nice things about largeness in a painting are that: a) the largeness is awesome, and b) there is a lot going on, so you can keep looking at it without getting bored, because there is always something else that you haven’t noticed yet.

Other Stuff

We then went back to the pyramid for lunch, seeing what we passed, mostly more paintings, as we went.  There were many other good paintings; many that I thought were better than the Mona Lisa, but the Wedding Feast at Cana remained the largest we’d seen.  In terms of statues, we saw the Venus de Milo, also not that amazing compared to others, and also an awesome gallery of statues which were made of a substance that couldn’t be rubbed at, and were therefore touchable.  Unfortunately, we got to the Egyptian part—with real sarcophagi and easily readable slabs of rock with hieroglyphs — around lunch so we ended up hurrying through and didn’t see all that we might have.

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One thought on “The Louvre

  1. Henry, I agree with you about the paintings, but the Mona Lisa has always been famous for its mysteries: what is she smiling about? Who is she really? And it’s very old and worn. And there is a copy, which is somewhere in the United States. Grandpa Dick Burian lived in a house with this copy when he was a little boy (long story, which I’ll tell you sometime), and he hated it. Do you know the story of Cana? Jesus went to a wedding, and the hosts ran out of wine. He performed his first miracle: he told the servants to pour water in the jugs, and it turned into wine. That would be a really bad miracle to do around your dad–then he wouldn’t be able to get a glass of water, and he doesn’t drink wine! Love, GL

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