Le Louvre – Cour de Marly

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A beautiful glass covered courtyard with sculpture…

The monumental statuary displayed here was carved for the park of the Château de Marly. Most of the works were commissioned by Louis XIV at the end of his reign. However, the courtyard is dominated by Guillaume Coustou’s celebrated Horses of Marly, completed in 1745 under Louis XV. — louvre.fr

Richelieu wing – Ground floor.

Le musée d’Orsay

Gare d'Orsay
Photo from Le musée d'Orsay

Le musée d’Orsay is my favourite museum, point final. It was a railway station for less than 100 years (construction finished in 1900) before being abandoned. It was used by Orson Welles in 1962 as a set for his film version of Franz Kafka’s “The Trial” before eventually being turned into a museum that opened in 1986. Wikipedia has an interesting article on the history of the building.

It is full of mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915, including painting, sculpture, furniture, and photography.

Exhibitions during our stay in May include “Degas and the Nude” and “The World of Claude Debussy“, and there’s plenty of the permanent collection to see.

Musée d’Orsay
62, rue de Lille, 75343
M° Solférino, RER C Musée d’Orsay

Cheeky Tweaky!


Gabrielle d’Estrées, the mistress of Henri IV, and one of her sisters, the duchess of Villars, and Debi and a bored guard tweaking his nose.

This is my favourite painting in the Louvre!

«Portrait présumé de Gabrielle d’Estrées et de sa soeur la duchesse de Villars»

Sixteen works of art at the Louvre

16 works of art in the Louvre

To make the visit to the Louvre manageable, I’ve selected 12 works of art to see. I have to map out the locations of each of these so we can navigate the halls of the Louvre as efficiently as possible or we’ll be there for a month.

Les trois grâces (The three Kharites) is a Roman copy of a Greek statue
(coming soon)
Le Radeau de la Méduse (The Raft of the Medusa) by Théodore Géricault
Winged Victory of Samothrace is a sculpture of the Greek goddess Nike (Victory)

The Coronation of Napoleon by Jacques-Louis David (the painting is larger than Napoleon!)
Gabrielle d’Estrées et une de ses sœurs is my favourite painting in the Louvre
(coming soon)
La Liberté guidant le peuple (Liberty Leading the People) by Eugène Delacroix

Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss by Antonio Canova (very romantic!)
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Giuseppe Archimboldo’s allegories of the Seasons and the Elements
Femme voilée (La foi?), Antonio Corradini
The Mona Lisa (La Gioconda or La Joconde) by Leonardo Da Vinci

(coming soon)
(coming soon)
Venus de Milo (Aphrodite of Milos) by Alexandros of Antioch
(coming soon)

Very rarely, no tourists.