Day 05 – A picture of somewhere you’ve been to
I’ve been to quite a few places, but visiting the Musée du Louvre has been one of the most fascinating and incredible. Having studied Classical Civilisations at school, I’ve always had an interest in ancient architecture and artifacts. We only viewed a fraction of what is housed there, and wished we’d had longer to walk round and enjoy more pieces. the quality and creativity of some of the artists is just fabulous.
Some of the pieces are over 2000 years old and look as fresh today as the must have the day they were made.
One of the few places I’d love to revisit and explore again. Obviously there’s a few you’d like to see again, but there’s also so many more new places to visit.
If its possible to say that you have a favourite statue, then mine has to be the Winged Victory of Samothrace.
Dating to around 190-220 BC, the Winged Victory of Samothrace shows a female figure — the Greek goddess of Victory (Nike)– standing on a base resembling a ship. The massive sculpture, shown permanently at the Louvre, stands over 18 ft high. It is made from a heavy block of Parian marble and was excavated in 1863. The head was never found.
Aphrodite of Milos, better known as the Venus de Milo.
Mona Lisa, as we walked through the room, I decided I could happily not queue for ages to see a tiny, slightly overrated painting. Some may say I’m being a little harsh, as it is a masterpiece, but it’s also one of thousand of items housed here, so not important enough to stand in line for, as that wait would possible have stopped us seeing another handful of things.
So there you have it, somewhere I’ve been.