After a brief incursion in the mysteries of the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, the time has come to remember my visits to the most grandiose museum in the world: the Louvre! The first time I visited it was at the end of 2006 and, since I was on a tight schedule, I could only squeeze in a couple of hours to see the highlights of the museum. On my second visit, in the first days of 2014, I walked around for more than 4 hours, until my feet started hurting. In this article I will share 10 of my favourite exhibits from the world’s most visited museum (out of which the first 5 are representations of women, because we deserve it 😛 )!
“The Winged Victory of Samothrace”, also called the “Nike of Samothrace” (approx. 200–190 BC)
“Aphrodite”, known as the “Venus de Milo” (Island of Melos, Cyclades, Greece; 100 BC)
“Mona Lisa” – Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo, by Leonardo da Vinci (1503)
Portrait of a woman, known as “L’Européenne” (2nd century AD)
“Liberty Leading the People” by Eugène Delacroix (1830)
The Code of Hammurabi, king of Babylon (1792 – 1750 BC)
“Seated Scribe” or “Squatting Scribe” (Saqqara, Egypt; 2600 – 2350 BC)
“The Death of Saint-Innocent“, an allegory of Death (Cemetery of the Innocents, Paris; approx. 1520-1530)
“The 4 Seasons” by Giuseppe Arcimboldo (16th century)
“Captive” (“The Rebellious Slave“) by Michelangelo Buonarroti (approx. 1513)
Apart from the individual works of art, I very much enjoyed visiting Napoleon III Apartments from the 1st floor of Richelieu wing, in the Decorative Arts department. Especially the Grand Salon and the Dining Rooms caught my eyes with their opulent interiors and lavish stucco decorations.
The Louvre is the most overwhelming museum I have ever been to, mostly due to the immensity of art works inside (in both quantity and quality), but also because everywhere you turn your head, there is something beautiful or spectacular to see. This includes floors and ceilings, which I adore.
Have you been to the Louvre? What are your top picks (if you can make yourself choose)?