I moved behind the bank of machines to take this picture of Phyllis buying the tickets. She loves it when I take candids of her, sure she does!!!!
As we entered the part of the museum we were interested in I saw this staircase!!! I think the word European translates into stairs!!! We ate really well on this trip, going off of our health/ light diet, but I only gain one pound. I think that is due to all the **## stairs we climbed in Europe!!!
The one thing I have to say is that all the climbing and walking was worth it, especially in the Louvre! This statue was on the first landing. It is called "Winged Victory" or " Nike of Samothrace". It is a second century BC marble sculpture of the greek goddess Nike, discovered in 1863 and estimated to have been created in 190 BC.
As we walked we were amazed at the amount of famous works of art that were in front of us, some that we have seen for so many years in books, television or movies. Others were new treasures for our eyes.
You find yourself mesmerized by one work of art after another and then your eyes look up at the ceiling. You then behold ceilings to almost match the works of art !!
So many works that I would recognize but not sure from where.
Any type of artistic person can learn so much about light, depth and how to convey feelings from these works of the masters!!
It is a marvelous place to visit and I was surprised that you could photograph all these works of art. You were asked not to use flash and in all cases, I did not need it. By the way all you smartphone photographers, not using flash is meant for you folks also !!!!
Soon we were in this hall and knew we were close to seeing the work of art I most wanted to see. One that most visitors want to see also but for myself it was a little more personal. This world famous portrait is a mystery, who is the model that Leonardo Da Vinci painted??
By now you have guessed that I was writing about the painting named " Mona Lisa". Before I go on let me say that it is behind a heavy sheet of plexiglass or glass. I could not tell which because we were not allowed very close. So if the images are not really sharp that explains it.
So why is it so personal to me?? There has always been speculation of who she was, even that Da Vinci used his own face as the model. In recent years another thought has emerged, another possible model. Her name being, Pacifica Brandani or Brandano.
For some reason unexplained to me by my relatives in the US or in Italy, my family's name is spelled both ways in Italy, Brandano or Brandani. Now I am not claiming that Pacifica was the model but it is one speculation. I am copying and pasting this next paragraph from a sight found on line, Kleio.org.
Following are more examples of the art you see at the Louvre.
The King and Queen of the jungle!!
This gentleman was sketching this bust that looks really uncomfortable!! Just another example of the pain we will take for our art!!
As we reached the main courtyard, I was thinking how lucky we are to have a place like the Louvre. If you're ever in Paris, do yourself a favor and visit this magnificent treasure or if you're interested in art, history or just to do your soul some good!!