Expanding over an area nearly 61,000 square meters wide, The Louvre or Louvre Museum is the largest museum in the world. It is one of the most historical and most popular landmarks of the city, and is the world’s second most visited museum. With a vast collection of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Islamic and Near Eastern antiquities, there is definitely something for everyone who visits The Louvre.
Recently renovated (beginning 2014 and opened in July 2016), the visitors’s reception emits a breath of openness, boasting of a clean structural design that allows tourists to inhale the marvel of the world’s undefeated biggest museum.
As we commenced our tour of The Louvre, we were definitely anticipating the moments when we finally see the works of men who shaped Arts as how we know it today. With every sculpture and mould, painting and drawing, design and creation; we were excited to allow our eyes and souls be brought to another level of man’s creativity.
The museum’s painting collection has more than 7,500 masterpieces, primarily French and Northern European, for which a collection stands out without effort, the High Renaissance.
Among the most notable ones are made by Leonardo da Vinci — the Mona Lisa, Virgin and Child with St. Anne, St. John the Baptist, and Madonna of the Rocks.
And as one gets deeper into the museum’s collection, more astounding pieces such as sculptures showing love, lust, gods, and the beauty of the human body come to life.
As beautiful and majestic as its antiquities, the museum structure in itself is a treasure to be admired upon. Because of its highly distinct design, it is therefore not questionable that The Louvre is usually a choice of location or feature for mainstream movies and documentaries. Projected in the Da Vinci Code, both the novel and film, that is where I first opened my eyes and interest to the Inverted Pyramid and the Louvre Pyramid proper.
This large pyramid actually serves as the main entrance to the museum and simply looks stunning from the outside. We managed to drop by the entrance exactly at noon, but the intense Parisian sun did not hinder tourists (and us) from appreciating how architecturally beautiful this courtyard is. And bringing home a selfie or two.
I look forward to visiting The Louvre over and over again, time and budget permits. With thousands of works to be celebrated, days remaining in my life wouldn’t simply be enough to appreciate each of man’s creation in this collection.