To anyone and everyone who told me that one day was too short a time to experience the Louvre, you were completely right and I should have listened. If you are planning a visit, please heed their advice where I did not.
A massive labyrinthine collection, the Louvre is to museums as the U.S. National Archives are to public libraries. Walking the halls here has filled me with a sense of wonder and appreciation for humanity in a way that I have never felt. As such, it is extraordinarily difficult to translate that type of experience into film. I have selected a few of the works that I felt particularly drawn towards; with the highlights being the Spanish Gallery, Apollo’s Hall, the Medieval Collection, the Sculpture Garden (I am very partial to artwork that plays with the presence of its surroundings), and the exhibition on Thrace.
A short note on the Mona Lisa: The painting is diminished by the way it is chosen to be displayed, behind a glass case in the center of a massive barren pillar in the heart of the Louvre. It is denied the power that it could have in a smaller space, but it is granted something entirely different. Crowds of people gather to take photographs in front of the painting at all times during the museum’s opening hours, and the Mona Lisa quietly smirks in its glass cage while absorbing the selfies and camera flashes as if offerings to its effigy. I find the Mona Lisa more interesting in its power to attract than its artistry. With that said, I gladly paid homage and found that Mona Lisa’s smile is quite difficult to replicate 😏.