A Different View of the Louvre, Paris
I was just using the folder of pictures from the Louvre museum in Paris in my image library and it reminded me of how beautiful the details are in so many art museums.
So often, museum buildings are just as interesting as the treasures they house. I'm fascinated by the details of architecture and design inside and out.
When you first arrive at the Louvre, the crowds feel overwhelming and I feel very short... That feeling that I'm not going to see anything much. Thankfully, the crowds somehow disperse a little once they get inside.
Don't you wonder what all these from around the world are thinking? Why are they visiting the museum? Do they love painting, sculpture, history or just the feeling of walking through greatness?
One afternoon as I was enjoying the incredible art and sculpture from several centuries, I noticed this Selfie Man from ancient times. The ironic thing was, that there were hundreds of people standing around, taking photos of themselves in the museum, not even really looking at the art enough to notice Selfie Man! One other Aussie girl told her friend about it and had a laugh. I Googled it when I got home and discovered that there are a series of these sculptures around Europe and it isn't clear what they are actually holding - perhaps it is a mirror?
People flock to see famous treasures like Mona Lisa or the Winged Victory, but there are equally beautiful pieces which seem to be overlooked. The creator of this exquisite blue vase was probably never acknowledged.
Don't you just love the way the light falls across the walls and on the carved stone in these places? It feels so peaceful and timeless.
Then you step back outside into the bright sunlight and have to transition back to the 21st century and real life.
Thankfully there are quiet places in every city that we can escape to every now and then.