I visited Paris, France this year, my first ever European trip. My daughter and son had already been there a few weeks. Yvonne met up with me at the airport and helped navigate us to the hotel, the Eiffel tower, Lady Liberty and of course, the Louvre!
The Louvre is so big, we barely seen a quarter of it during our 5+ hours there. Our first goal was for me to see the Mona Lisa. The halls leading to it are filled with so many amazingly done works by so many talented people. The detail captured, without the aid of a photo, is astounding.
Then to stand in front of some that are as big as a wall, busy with detail. You are left to wonder how long must that have taken to draw and paint. Possibly they had help, but it still would have taken a long time to draw, make your paints, apply them, wait for drying of layers. The hours devoted to these creations unknown.
Across from one of the largest paintings I have ever seen, was the Mona Lisa. It is way up on a wall behind glass, blocked further by a railing. If you are fortunate enough to get past the 100+ people, as another 100 are pushing in, you might just catch, what feels like, a glimpse of her. A little disappointing, but the rest of just that grand hall more than made up for it.
We than made our way to see Venus de Milo and so many other statues. From ancient finds to some more recent works. You can see the details advancing as the media changed. The french were so amazing, with the extraordinary detail in the lace and hair as examples. To paint is awe inspiring, but to sculpt with such skill and perfection. I just marvel at those artists, that can pull those creations out of stone or whatever, just incredible!
It would be nice to go back again someday. I don’t think I could ever tire of looking at all those wonderful creations that people over the centuries have left behind for us to enjoy. It really made me motivated to get creating when I went home, so inspiring!