So this is an Art History study abroad. As such, we spend a lot of time in cathedrals, churches, and museums, which I love.
This included five Louvre days. Days filled with disbelief, skeptism, wonder, excitement, annoyance, but mostly, awe.
This is not a casual glance at a couple paintings.
This is our classroom lecture moved on-site, in front of the greatest artists there have ever been. We listen to our teacher lecture and take diligent notes. And sit down whenever possible. And try not to let fatigue hit us too early in the lecture.
But, to see these pieces up close, to see the brushwork, to see the individual colors...it's unreal.
And, we get to discover new favorite pieces that happen upon you so fast and so powerfully, you're carried away in a moment, standing before a piece in total awe, wondering how a person could craft such a work and convey such a power using paint.
and that is why I Louvre.