I am pretty sure that nobody has any interest in all of the clutter on the walls of the Louvre, so I went there and tried to take pictures only of the ceilings. Perhaps I will go back one of these days to see other stuff (since obviously I only saw about 20% of the building today) because my new social status ("job seeker") allows me to visit the Louvre free of charge just by waving my papers in front of the ticket takers. But today, here are the ceilings! Some are elaborate, some are ordinary, some are totally utilitarian. It was interesting to see the different decisions about how rooms should be lighted depending on that stuff on the walls or the things displayed here and there around the room. All of the brick ceilings were on the ground floor, which was probably considered to be a sort of nasty basement area in the past, so no reason to decorate it.
Once you start going upstairs, they put a little more effort into the finishings.
The upper floors benefit from skylights.
If you lower your gaze, you see that you are not actually alone.
There sure is a lot of stuff on those walls, though!
Still not alone. If I spoke Chinese, I would feel right at home.
On a slow day like today, copy artists can actually work unhindered.
Okay, I admit it. Every now and then I looked at the walls. I have a soft spot for "The Clubfoot."
I also liked "Pandemonium" with its lovely palace of the demons.
And the young man being treated by some famous saint (I already forgot which one) was touching. He had amputated his foot out of remorse for hitting his mother. Since the foot was still there, I don't know if the saint-doctor had reattached it or if "amputation" had an alternate meaning in olden times.
back to the ceilings I had come to see
The Islamic Arts section just opened. Since the Louvre is so tiny, they had to roof over a courtyard to fit it in.
You have to put that other spin on it -- these were job creators. ;D
Tsk, tsk. Many of those ceilings were undoubtedly jobbed out to Italian or eastern European workers, with the money saved going into Swiss bank accounts.
ANYway ............ woweee!
That's a monumental job of ceiling photo-documentation & a fascinating & surprising tour. I had to go look up the history of the Louvre (old!) because of wanting to get a sense of how the styles and usages had unfolded. Certainly, before seeing this thread, I had no idea of the vastness of the place. Obviously many of the ceilings you show are contemporary, some of them clunkily so. But beyond the covered-over courtyards, it appears there are no modern physical additions to the place. Is that correct? From your pictures, it appears that the smaller, modern-looking spaces are created with false walls within the structure. Quite interesting & probably invisible to most visitors.
First the Pantheon, now the Louvre- you're turning into quite the tourist, K. And yet you still manage to put a fresh spin on one of the most popular museums in the world. These ceilings are great, from the ostentatious historic ones to the clean, geometric modern ones.
I especially like the shot of Winged Victory. It's a perspective I haven't seen before. I never got a good shot of it myself because of the crowds. I knew I couldn't get a photo of the hallway with no people in it, of course, but I didn't expect people to walk directly in front of my nose when there was plenty of room elsewhere. Grr. Well, next time I'll know to just shoot the ceiling.
That painting "Pandemonium" is striking. Never seen it before, I'd love to have a look up close.
But beyond the covered-over courtyards, it appears there are no modern physical additions to the place. Is that correct? From your pictures, it appears that the smaller, modern-looking spaces are created with false walls within the structure. Quite interesting & probably invisible to most visitors.
Except for the central pyramid, there are indeed no modern structural additions to the building.
Speaking of which, the new Louvre in Lens opens next Tuesday, and the other new Louvre in Abu Dhabi opens next year.
Well, they didn't ask me, but I'd think that the beautiful & unadorned walls & ceiling in the picture immediately before those of the Islamic Arts section would have been perfect for showing some of the Islamic art.
I was looking at news articles about the Louvre, since the area was chosen for possible victory celebrations if Emmanuel Macron is elected president today, but the thing that struck me had nothing to do with the election. As just about everybody knows, when there is the threat of a war or any other kind of disaster, museums are emptied of their treasures as quickly as possible to hide them in safe places, whether in Paris or Baghdad or Mosul.
So I found this photo of the Louvre during WW2 particularly striking.
I'm not the only person who looks at the ceiling. If you want to shoot a video at the Louvre, the price is 15,000 euros a day. I assume that Tuesday is the only daytime slot available, the day that the Louvre is closed. But nighttime shoots are common. I read that the Louvre is used at least 500 times a year for various photos, videos and films.
I think I want to add that I find this video somewhat disrespectful of classical fine art, but that at the same time at least it is being seen by people who have no idea what classical fine art is. Thank you Beyoncé?