October 25, 2010
Didn't do as much sketching in Paris as I would have liked, but I certainly did a ton of gaping. Ha. It's true, you can read all you want about the Louvre and the Orsay, but until you stand there in those huge rooms looking at the huge paintings that fill them, well, it's nothing short of stunning.
Amazon scale paintings stacked to the ceiling, and the ceilings are quite high:
By contrast, the biggest disappointment to me was the Mona Lisa, arguably the most famous painting on the planet. For one thing it is off limits for security reasons so everyone is held back about 15 or 20 feet by a rope, it's not that large and, at that distance, you might as well be looking at a print. Here's a photo of the mob flaunting the no-photos rule:
Yes, that's Kingman boy Charlie Waters at left.
"It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable."
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