Visited the Louvre Museum tonight with Michelle, this was the third time we visited the Museum and it was a charm. Other visits, we came from above ground but this time we arrived under group, which added to the ambience of a unique visit. Tonight, we also broke with western tradition, and looked at the Egyptian and Persian art pieces, which were amazing. My favorite was the sarcophagi. The Louvre is a special museum because it is a time vacuum, what seems like 20 minuets could be 2 and a half hours.
The metro line 1 runs underneath the museum and makes for an underground entrance to the museum. I thought I was a revolutionary walking thought the underground, but the carousal was actually filled with store, so it was more like a shopping mall.That is what modern Paris is like though, shopping mixed in with valuable works of art, and the general branding of the underground.
My previous two visits two the Louvre could have been to the national archives in Washington DC. The museum is filled with French National and European works that can be overwhelming and at the same time lull the viewer into a false sense of hoogenity, as luck would have it, that is not how tonight was. The Persian arts were wondrous, stone blocks written by Darius, giant collums that lead the viewer to imagine the super structure they supported, and the use brilliant turquoise colors on the reliefs. Then, the next section was Egyptian art.
There is a brilliant collection of sargofagi at the Louvre, I marvel at the mythology of the Egyptian because it is fascinating, dieties with the heads of animals and the bodies of humans. The herigoliphics were Michelle’s favorite; the early alphabet is enchanting, sense neither her nor I can read Egyptian herigoliphics we made up what was written.
Two hours in the Louvre is good and long, as a class mate of mine used to say, though, I did not like him very much because he made comments about a certain football club I support, he was right in this instance. A good long visit to the Louvre is what I needed. Time flew, and in everyday world of vocabulary building, LSAT study, loosing time a museum was not a waste of time on this occasion. I can now say I’ve visited every wing of the Louvre, not just the Mona Lisa and Winged Venus, there is more to see, than what is famous.