Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The top 5 masterpieces in Louvre Pyramid (Musée du Louvre)

Musee du louvre floor plan

Have you ever wonder , what is the definition of Louvre actually ? 
It meant - each of a set of angled slats fixed or hung at regular intervals in a door, shutter, or screen to allow air or light to pass through

So next, how do we pronounce Musée du Louvre ? click here to listen, mate
free of charge, no worry!

Arh... so it sounded like LOVE when you pronounce it in French!

The name itself has described Musée du Louvre perfectly!

Now, let's start with my 5 fun facts about Musée du Louvre!
Disclaimer : purely my personal point of views, feel free to feedback. 

les artworks 

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa The Lourve facts
By Leonardo da Vinci
Display since 1797 
Worth: nearly $800 million in 2017

History: The painting was sold from Florence, Italy to France and kept at the Palace of Fontainebleau, then move to Palace of Versailles, after that,  move again to Tuileries Palace during the sovereign of Napoleon... then a series of moving and finally settled down at Louvre... during the period at du Louvre,  the painting was stole by an Italian in 1911... two years later, the thief revealed himself and he believed that the painting was stolen by Napoleon from Italy and France should return it back to Italy... (I guess he has failed his research on the painting, isn't it was sold to France?)

Arh... a long series of moving from here and there... and finally we managed to see this artwork at Musee du Louvre today.

Fun facts: "the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world"  - most fame painting in the world! 😎

Mona Lisa The Lourve facts
NanaPatricia - well , i dont really know how to appreciate it , but i arrive Musée du Louvre at 745am, 
du Louvre start its operation at 9am. 
Yup, I was the first 100 visitors who has entered du Louvre on that day and i walked as I was running to reach this painting before the crowds... mhmm.. I still see "mountain of people" though , everyone was busy taking picture of it ... 
and i don't know why ...  hehe
Mona Lisa The Lourve facts


Winged Victory of Samothrace

Winged Victory of Samothrace

By The sculptor is unknown
Display since 1884 
Worth: priceless, it has more than 2000 years of history and it is counting still

History: The greatest masterpiece of Hellenistic sculpture.  It is also known as Nike (the Greek goddess of victory) of Samothrace. It was created not only to honor the goddess of victory but also to honour the sea battle. It represent victory and freedom. Nike's right arm is believed to have been raised, cupped around her mouth to deliver the shout of Victory. And the lost arms can never be restored.

Fun facts: The statue is 244 cm (8.01 ft) high. Funny Face 1957 was filmed here, right at front of the sculpture!
Funny face Audrey Hepburn

NanaPatricia - of course , the "Audrey Hepburn wannabe" trying to pose the same too! lol ...  
i know , I've failed it completely to pose like Audrey Hepburn. 

I love this sculpture, it looks so grand , huge and refined! 
Look at the details on the draped clothing, 
the flow of the cloth,
and I somehow feels that it's a satin material of cloth!

Winged Victory of Samothrace

Winged Victory of Samothrace

 Reference: Nike of Samothrace

Venus de Milo

Venus de Milo du Louvre

By The sculptor is unknown
Display since 18th century,  it was presented to King Louis XVIII and the ruler gave it to the
Louvre Museum
Worth: priceless, it has more than 2000 years of history

History: Venus de Milo is an ancient Greek statue that portrayed Greek goddess of love and beauty. It is a marble sculpture, and it was founded in two large pieces (the upper torso and the lower draped legs), part of the arms was lost since it's discovery. It was named after the Greek island of Milos, where is was discovered. The statue is 203 cm (6.8 ft) high, and having a perfect human Golden Ratio. A symbol of beauty and fashions which believed that will last for few generations.

Fun facts: Milo is slightly younger than Winged of Victory for about 100 years. Winged of Victory was believed to be created in 200 BC while Milo was at 100 BC, 
okay, in short, both are 2000 ++ years old and still counting!

NanaPatricia - well, i was dazzled by the Marble ..  that serious meh ... walao eh ... 
of course no lah, but obviously this is a great Marble Sculpture which has attracted so much visitors to look at her perfect Golden Ratio's body. Don't believe? look at the crowds! 🙊🙈

Kakak tak tipu you kan... (i didn't lie right)

Venus de Milo du Louvre

Reference: Venus de Milo

The wedding at Cana

wedding at Cana Louvre

By Paolo Veronese in 15th century
Display since 1797 , shipped to Paris by Napoleon's troops 
Worth: can't be estimated
This painting is the largest painting in the Louvre Museum with 6.77m x 9.94m dimension

History: An oil on canvas painting which depicts the biblical story of the Marriage at Cana, at which Jesus converts water to wine (John 2:1-11).

Fun facts: This painting does not reflect the scene of Marriage at Cana, instead the artist painted the realistic characters (including the artist himself) and secularism in 15th century into this painting. There are more than 130 characters founded in this painting. It took 1 years plus for the artist to complete this painting alone.

NanaPatricia - one word to describe - HUGE !

Reference: The wedding at Cana

Medieval Louvre Fortress (Basement of the Louvre Castle)

Medieval Louvre Fortress

History: The Louvre Castle was a castle built by King Philip II of France to reinforce the walls he has built around Paris and further protect the city. It was later demolished in stages to make way for the Louvre Palace which was originally built as a fortress in 1190, and reconstructed in the 16th century to serve as a royal palace. In 1528, King Francis I of France ordered the demolition of the fortress and built Royal Palace. He replaced the ramparts and moats with gardens.
Jean-Luc Martinez once said:" Louvre is an image, a dream, a famous name. In reality, it is a palace, a part of history of France."

Fun facts: It was a moated castle complete with dungeon and moat, solid stone, solid ground built in 12th century with numerous of demolition and reconstruction. During 19th century, it was found that the dungeon and moated wall were not completely demolished, hence, we managed to see part of the moated wall which preserved at the basement of the Louvre.
Napoleon Bonaparte once lived in Louvre Palace and he change it's name to "Napoleon Museum".
He was the only ruler who has stuffed his "Napoleon Museum" with jam-packed of artworks / collections around the world from his military campaigns. (more than 5000 pieces of artworks)

NanaPatricia - okay, firstly, kudos to Napoleon Bonaparte's contribution and make it today the Musée du Louvre as the largest art museum in the world. There are almost 35,000 pieces of artworks house in the Louvre. You need basically a 3 three solid months to view everything inside this world largest art museum. 

Secondly, hey, i love this place la, especially the stone wall, so unique, so classic, 
and great for portrait shooting!
Medieval Louvre Fortress

The last fun facts about Musée du Louvre will be the Louvre Pyramid
Look at this wonderful architecture, this pyramid itself is another artworks at
Musée du Louvre

It was designed by a Chinese !! Chinese American Architect - I.M. Pei 

Last tips, if you ever visit the Louvre Museum , always start your journey from Denon ...
the top 3 great masterpiece or the must see artworks at the Louvre could be found in Denon wing , they are Mona Lisa, Winged Victory and also The Wedding at Cana.

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