Trip Start Jul 07, 2010
17Trip End Jul 25, 2010
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I was only able to spend around five hours looking around so I barely saw the entire Richelieu wing. I was still rushing just to see that much. The artwork was magnificent. The supreme realism of the Greco-Roman sculpture was spectacular. Each marble sculpture was perfectly proportioned unlike the exaggerated proportions of neoclassical sculpture. The majority of the Roman sculptures were of major politicians and warriors. I also spent a great deal of time looking at works of the early and late Renaissance. The progression from flat precise painting to realistic shaded painting is easily discerned. Each of the painters had their own little quirks. The paintings by Raphael were easily some of the most precise lines I have ever seen. Some of the paintings by other artists looked as real as a photograph with every bit of light accounted for. One artist was so skilled at using soft lines that you could swear the subjects were alive. I also saw la Gioconda which was interesting but not worth the huge crowd in the gallery.
Because of the free admission the museum was packed and it became quite difficult to take pictures at times. But even the museum itself was gorgeous since it was previously a palace. Every room was decorated with intricate gilt woodcarving and murals on the ceilings. The only areas that weren't explicitly decorated were the basement areas that were once servant quarters, storerooms, and kitchens. In the basement were some of the most incredibly interesting artworks. The artwork was mainly from the Medieval period and included a wooden sculpture nearly a thousand years old. I think next time I am in Paris I will be visiting le Louvre everyday for a week, at least.