We saw countless Monets, Renoirs, Manets, Degas, Van Goghs, DaVincis, and others. It was a huge privilege to see masterpieces by so many of the same artists that we saw in Rome and London. Many of the paintings and sculptures depict scenes and historic moments that we have studied on this trip and before. Going through Europe and viewing the places and monuments and art of each period has been like looking through the photo album of mankind in the home of the Historian. Just as te only way to get to know and appreciate another person is to spend time with them, seeing these works first hand is critical to perceive the story they each tell, their place in history and their relevance to humankind.
The Louvre used to be the royal palace until Louis XIV decided to move his family to Versailles in 1682. Since about that time it has been used for art exhibitions and as a museum. Today it displays over 35,000 pieces from prehistory through the 20th Century on over 650,000 square feet, making it the largest and most visited museum in the World.
Tonight we will eat French food near the Eiffel Tower and sit in the park and spend time watching the Tower and all the street performers and talk about our trip and start planning for our trip to london tomorrow and then Dallas on Monday.