Friday, 16 September 2011 07:28

Da Vinci, Durer, Michelangeo, and the Ancients

Written by  Ken Ku
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The glass pyramid greeted us as we walked through the archway towards the Musée du Louvre.  The icon of ancient Egypt has been modernized with glass and steel and placed in the centre of the Parisian building by a Chinese American architect.  It is one of the world's largest museums and draws in huge crowds to see the countless pieces of priceless works of ancient artefacts and art.

I met up with Leana at the Palais Royal Metro station at  11am for our tour of the museum.  There were many pieces that I definitely wanted to see:  the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and a Self Portrait by Albrecht Dürer.  We took our time once we arrived to take the magnificent glass pyramid though, plus there was a huge line up to go through security.  After we descended the steps into the museum, we just gawked at the sheer size of for a few seconds before heading to the automated ticket machines.  I'm not sure why people don't want to use these machines as they are faster and easier to buy your tickets.

We started on the first floor where a lot of the sculptures and antiquities are.  We were just wandering up through the statues and then all of a sudden I saw the Code of Hammurabi.  It was something I had learned about in high school yet I never dreamed that I would see it in person.  Actually there were a lot of things that I never though I would see and saw today.

A self portrait by Albrecht Dürer is an example of something I never though I would see except in the books I read.  I studied many of his paintings while I was in college and to see an example of his earliest self portrait at the Louvre was just fantastic!  Of course other famous things we saw included: the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, Liberty Leading the People, The Winged Victory of Samothrace, and The Slave.

You can spend an entire day at the Musée du Louvre and for only 10€, I can't thing of a better way to spend your money.

Last modified on Saturday, 17 September 2011 01:49
Ken Ku

Ken Ku

A photographer/printmaker/perpetual wanderer going on a backpacking adventure around the world.  Follow my journey as I discover new places and meet new people!

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