The Louvre

Monday, May 29th 2000

After Notre Dame, I went back to the hostel, and slept like I've never slept before. I woke up completely refreshed at 8am the next day, and decided to go to the Louvre. I saw the classics: the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and the Winged Victory of Samothrace. And I saw lots of works of art that I'd never heard of that impressed me much more.

The Mona Lisa was OK, I suppose. Probably would have looked better if I'd got within 20 feet of it, but it was set back inside a protective case, which meant you could only see it from almost directly in front of it. So there was a column of people across the room, all squinting and straining to see it.

I was quite impressed with the Venus de Milo, but it was the rooms full of giant Greek statues that I'd never heard of which really impressed me. It made me think, though - why all the fuss about the Elgin Marbles in the British Museum when there are Greek artefacts all over the world? Why shouldn't Greek works be seen outside Greece?

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