Paris, France Day 7 Part 2

So, after I went to Pere Lachaise, I decided to take the Metro to Notre Dame. I walked by Hotel de Ville on the way and ate a couple of chocolates that I bought at a cute little shop close by. The chocolate really is outstanding here, especially of the handmade variety. There are so many chocolate shops around, how is it that everyone here isn’t obese? The bread, the pastries, the chocolate. Definitely not Atkins diet friendly! Notre Dame was amazing, of course, but I was kind of chomping at the bit to get to The Louvre. Ah, The Louvre. I think it just might be the biggest freaking museum I’ve ever been in! Incredible collections, but pretty overwhelming. I was there for over 2 hours, and all I got through were The Italian Renaissance and French medieval paintings. Oh, and that little painting every one’s always talking about, The Mona Lisa. Yes, she’s beautiful. Yes, she’s a masterpiece. But frankly, I just don’t get what all the fuss is about. Is she really that mysterious? Is there really something behind that smile? Who the heck knows! All I know is I was more impressed with many other works in the museum that I didn’t have to fight though a crowd to see. 
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Hotel de Ville
Notre Dame.
The Louvre.
Strangely, this was one of my favourite paintings. The use of light is absolutely incredible. It’s by a Spanish artist whose name I now can’t remember. Stunning.
***My friend Emily gave me the info about this piece. It’s called Deposition, and its by De Ribera. *** Thanks Emily!
The beauty of this one was almost too much for my heart to bear.

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6 Responses to Paris, France Day 7 Part 2

  1. Emily B. April 11, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    That painting you liked? It’s by De Ribera. It’s called Deposition. How do I know this? In Grade 8 I did a presentation for my Spanish class on Spanish painters. There you go.
    I love that the Louvre lets you take photos. No museum here does.

  2. Andrea April 11, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

    Thanks Emily! I’ll ammend my post now! It’s funny, out of all those paintimgs, this one made me stop and stare. I love all of the tradtional Renaissance stuff, but this one was different. I thought of you yesterday when I was at the Textile and Decorative Arts Museum…

  3. Anonymous April 12, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    I felt exactly the same way when I saw the Mona Lisa. Can’t wait to hear more stories!
    Dawna

  4. Katharine Hamer April 14, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    Love the shot of everyone else taking pictures of the Mona Lisa like paparazzi!

  5. Michele April 14, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

    What Katharine said—that shot is great! It looks like you’re making Paris your own, and have maybe fallen in love with it? Wonderful!

  6. Andrea April 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    @Dawna, she’s beautiful, but what’s the hubub all about?
    @ Katharine, I wonder who’s been photographed more, her or Madonna? (The singer, I mean) (:
    @ Michele, J’aime Paris!

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