The Louvre, Part Deux

IMG_0093Found on Samothrace in the Aegean Sea, Winged Victory dates back to the 2nd or 3rd century B.C. It arrived at the Louvre in 118 pieces. I didn’t notice the cracks. All I saw was a beautiful headless figure with wings on the deck of a sailing ship in a huge gallery.

Set at the very top of a grand staircase, the statue is bathed in beautiful natural light shining down through high circular skylight windows.

The gallery seems to be crowded all the time, but it’s worth it to find a spot and just look at the statue for a while.IMG_0116

As I was moving between exhibits, I got this glimpse of a room being set up for more works of art. It made me wonder how many works are just sitting somewhere in storage, waiting to be seen.

IMG_0067When visiting the Louvre, don’t forget to look up. The ceilings are stunning, with intricate embellishments and paintings.

IMG_0147Finally, I made it to the Egyptian Antiquities area.

Like the British Museum, many exhibits at the Louvre are kept safely behind glass. I liked this kneeling woman who seems to be playing peek-a-boo with a mischievous smile.

IMG_0154In another room, I saw a trio of cat mummies. As a cat lover, I was both fascinated and horrified. I don’t think I would want to mummify my cat. Would you?

One of the “can’t miss” exhibits highlighted on the visitor’s guide is the Seated Scribe, a statue discovered in Saqqara by French archaeologist Auguste Mariette on November 19, 1850. It’s been dated to the Fourth Dynasty, created sometime between 2613 and 2494 BC.

The most striking thing about the statue, aside from the colorful pigmentation, is its eyes. Made of red-veined white magnesite and rock crystal, they are eerily life-like.IMG_0155

IMG_0166Looking at the statue on the left, I couldn’t help but think of Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg. I fleetingly wondered if that’s where they got the inspiration.

There’s so much more to see at the Louvre. I feel like I barely scratched the surface in the six or so hours I managed to spend there. C’est la vie, there’s always next time!

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