Louvre, Museum, Impressions.

Mona LisaLong time ago, about 40-45 years, when the world was more closed to travel, the visits to museums and hanging there were fundamentally different. Museums were not so crowded and visitors were presented as two different categories. The first category included the tourist groups, who quietly followed the guide and did not stay long at the individual exhibits. The second one was not so numerous and presented individual art lovers. At that time, you can safely stand at a particular exhibit whether painting, sculpture or some other work of art. There were benches in the halls of museums where you could sit down and review the picture for a long time in details. Silence and a special atmosphere reigned in these halls.
Visit to Museum for a full day long with the aim to go and see as much as possible usually was tedious and blurred impressions. By that time my visits to museums were short enough to watch several rooms with particular works of art, where you can stay for some time and enjoy. Nowadays every museum in the world looks like an anthill. There are huge number of tourists which coming just to put a mark of the visit. And of course, the first thing for them is to rush to the most famous exhibits. Flashes of cameras, multiple shooting individually and in groups with these objects on background, Selfie, the noise and crush distracting mostly make it impossible to enjoy the piece of Art.
If you’ll have the chance to visit Louvre, for example, do not even look at the map to get to Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, you just have to follow the largest procession. It will bring you to the place. And there you might be lucky to get close to the Painting. But mostly you will see and be blinded by flashes and variety of the tourist crowd.

However there are a lot of precious things you can see there. Just click on any picture in gallery to watch and enjoy some of them.

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21 thoughts on “Louvre, Museum, Impressions.

  1. Every year there are more tourists everywhere. Of course, there are more people on the planet, but mostly it’s because people who formerly couldn’t, or didn’t have the means to, travel now have the opportunity: Chinese, Indians, Russians and others from former Communist countries, etc. I’m happy I saw this place way back in 1988. Great photos, Alexander!

  2. Thanks for reminding me about my last visit to the Louvre. I loved it, but It was so crowded then I hate to think how it is now. In addition it is a shame that we now have to protect our art with bullet proof glass because some idiot might decide destroying art is a way to show the world what they think.
    Your photos are beautiful. Keep the camera flashing.

  3. I so agree with you. When I visited mona Lisa, there were many people who were not even giving space to others. I do click pictures in museums, but my camera is always silent and the flash is always off. Another thing I do, visit museums in off tourist season. I recently visited 3 museums in Stockholm. Due to chilly winter, only few people visiting the museum, who may be are genuinely interested. So I had a great time.

  4. Gorgeous shots, Alexander! I have not been able to stop staring at your black and white portrait of Venus. My. Goodness. It’s a stunner. I loved how you captured her expression. And the lighting is exquisite. Bravo!! ~Theadora (And enjoy the weekend!)

  5. Good to have these quiet views from you. It is great that more people have the opportunity to visit museums and galleries, but one does have to wonder if it is the art or being photographed next to the art which is more important.

    • Thank you. I agree, the more people see masterpieces the more chance to save the Peace in the World. In my post I am not complaining. I just share my experience and show how time has changed the World. It is everybody’s choice how to enjoy the visit to Museum.

  6. I too remember the days as a museum being almost empty and so very quiet. There is a science museum here locally that I Loved to go to, and there is one in Toronto that I enjoyed just as much. I haven’t been to any museum in so long …. perhaps this Winter this is something I could do. Your post made me think of this. Your photographs are stunning, Alexander. I enjoyed meandering a bit looking at each one, admiring it and then moving on, quietly. Thank you for taking the time to put this post together for us to see. ❤

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