Cosi and the Louvre
Trip Start Oct 19, 2012
8Trip End Oct 26, 2012
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After hitting Cosi I went over to the Louvre. To see all that it had to offer. The Louvre is sort of an amazing building. It was first constructed as a fortress in 1190 by King Philippe-Auguste to protect Paris against Viking raids. Over the many years French kings and emperors enlarged and improved the building. The glass pyramid designed by I.M. Pei was added in 1989 and that is where all of the galleries can be reached.
I was lucky; when I got to the Louvre I did not have to wait in any lines to get in. Every person that has come to Paris has told me to get a ticket early because the lines are so long. Well coming in the "off season" has its upside and that being there are not really all that many lines to get into any of the Museums
Well later that night I struck up a conversation with an Egyptian and posed the same question to him. “What makes that painting so great? I’ve seen better.” His response was the he agreed with me but then he went on to say the reason that it is considered great was because it is one of only twelve paintings by Da Vinci and most of them are not movable. The painting took De Vinci over twelve years to paint and was not done when De Vinci died. He then went on to say that the painting went mostly un-noticed till it was stolen in 1911 and was missing for two years. After that the painting took off in popularity and has since captured people’s imagination. After a lively debate about this painting he convinced me that it was an importance piece by Da Vinci but not on it being a great painting.
After three hours of looking at painting by painters for the most part I have never heard of I decided to take a break and headed to the garden outside of the Louvre and took in some much needed sun. Museums make me sleepy.