hello Pauline! hmm okay so i know this is not a literature related question but i was thinking that maybe you could help me with this: so in two days im going to visit the Louvres for the first time, and i have absolutely no idea what artworks or sculptures to see, i mean, if there are musts see or something, and i know you will say that this is personal etc but just telling me about your favorite artworks will be highly appreciated and would help a lot! thank you
If you’re sure you don’t want another harangue on the poWErs of Subjectivity then, here are my favourites:
Venus and The Three Graces Presenting Gifts to a Young Woman (Fresco, Italian Paintings), Sandro Botticelli Grande Odalisque (Paintings), J. A. D. Ingres The Wedding at Cana (Italian Paintings), Paolo Veronese (incidentally, in the same room as Mona Lisa, although Mona Lisa itself is… eh!) Liberty Leading the People (French Paintings), Eugène DelaCroix Virgin and Child with Saint-Anne (Italian Paintings), Leonardo Da Vinci The Coronation of Empress Joséphine (French Paintings), Jacques Louis David Portrait of Madame Récamier (French Paintings), Jacques Louis David Vénus de Milo (Sculpture; Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities) Amphitrite (French Sculptures),Jacques Prou Borghese Gladiator (Sculpture; Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities) Chapel of the tomb of Akhethotep (Egyptian Antiquities) Tomb of Osiris (Egyptian Antiquities)
It’s all very cliché, I’m afraid. Those are the ones I can remember by name, but the Louvres is a very unique experience in that it is so full of both wonders and clutter that the way to go is to pinpoint a few artworks you really want to see, and wander on your way to them. The Egyptian Antiquities department is truly exquisite, too: full of funerary ornaments and jewels and hieroglyphs carved in white stone. If you have some spare time, I really, really encourage you to walk across the Tuileries Garden up to the Musée de l’Orangerie (10minutes walk): there you will be able to see Monet’s two Nymphéa Cycles, both installed in circular white rooms that allow you to be immersed in Monet’s garden. One of the most beautiful things I’ve seen.