Things I noticed about the Louvre
Hello fellow budget hunters,
Today I am going to discuss the most famous art gallery in the world.This isn’t going to be the most positive post about why you need to visit the Louvre, but you can find one here.
In August last year, we were in Paris and when in Paris, it is criminal not to go into the Louvre.
Admittedly, by the time we got to Paris, we had been to so many galleries and Italian churches full of paintings so I’m not sure we were in the right mindset to go there.
If you are under 25 and from the EU (which we are) you get free entry into the Louvre. If you are not, then it costs 15 euros which I think is very pricey. The first Sunday of every month is free, but I think personally it is fairly expensive if you are not a European young person.
There’s one painting in the museum that is so popular compared to everything else. People genuinely walk past other rooms filled with paintings to see the Mona Lisa.
Underwhelmed by her to be honest.
It’s so much smaller than I imagined. I wasn’t expecting the size of the Guernica, but it was about a foot square!
I was also surprised at how many people walked past the other Da Vinci in the hallway before you get into that room. I wouldn’t call myself a da Vinci expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I could at least notice his other works around the gallery.
Pottery and sculpture
There is so much of this within the Louvre, the sculptures were our favourite part. Many museums ago, we came up with the childish game of comparing the genitals on different male statues… I’m sorry we are 20 and 22, but sometimes act about 6. Some of the room had almost a hundred to compare!
There is also some french impressionist art within the Louvre, but I saw more Monet’s in the petit palais.
It is also so big that it would take a least a day to see everything you wanted to. I love art at the best of times, but I found the Louvre quite clinical in places. The national gallery in London has a cosy wooden feel, whereas the marble in the Louvre seemed cold.
We’re not the biggest fans of high art, especially due to my boyfriend’s colour blindness and I only know the greats from school, but I find it rude the way people didn’t respect the way we appreciated art.
Art is subjective and how it is received varies by the individual. Although even I can’t stand the people who power walk through the different galleries!
The da Vinci code
I expected loads of people to be taking pictures by the pyramid… And I think it was only us doing that. I love a good popular culture reference, but so many older people in the gallery looked down their noses at us.
I’m pretty sure there was about 4 working toilets in the whole place. The queue for the ladies was about 50 strong and poorly organised.
Also these were the former French Royal jewels – it was in the most beautiful room, with so many different wall paintings. Definitely the best room!
It didn’t find it all disappointing though, there is some great pieces of art there!
After all that, I would advise you go and see the Louvre. It is a truly interesting gallery, but I am not sure I will return again.
It was peak season and I understand that it would be busy, but I just found it full of either massive art fans who looked down their noses or tourists who just wanted to see the Mona Lisa and then carry on with their fast paced tour!
Please tell me if you had a different experience below
Until next time,
The Great Ambini
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