Thursday, July 5, 2012

Musée du Louvre - "Enfant jouant avec une tortue"

"Enfant jouant avec une tortue"
Pierre Hébert (1849)

This charming sculpture was found in a quiet corner of an upper floor. 
Although the Louvre is massive, there is no need to see it all at once. 

Be selective and truly absorb the details.

1er étage - Richelieu
Musée du Louvre
75001, Paris
Métro Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre


Rob-bear said...

Delightful, playful piece, well photoed.

Happy Independence Day!

Sylvia K said...

Delightful! And I do agree with you regarding the Louvre! Our time in Paris was limited so we tried to absorb the detail of what we had time to see and it was well worth it! Hope your week is going well, mon amie!


Vreni said...

When I go to the Louvre (preferably in the evening), I always say hello to Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, then I drift through the rest of the museum.

Francesca Muir said...

Beautiful corner in one of my favourite museums in the world. Have a lovely day. Fx

Malyss said...

It would take years to discover every treasure of this fabulous museum.

Joe said...

Ecsquisite Genie.

martinealison said...

Je suis d'accord avec toi ma chère Génie, lorsque c'est possible de revenir visiter une exposition, il faut prendre son temps pour admirer les oeuvres.
Ta photo est très belle, la lumière vient juste ce qu'il faut lécher cette merveilleuse statue.
Gros bisous à toi.

Louise said...

Lovely photo. I think the statuary is one of the nicest aspects of the Louvre. I agree with you about not seeing it all at once, indeed I suspect it's impossible to try and see it all on one visit. Large French paintings is my favourite section.

M said...

Lovely and imaginative!

Anonymous said...

Sweet, imaginative and playful! Lovely ~

Virginia said...

I agree. It's mind boggling so take your time. It's not going anywhere!

Starman said...

Le Louvre is like the Musée d'Orsay, they have so much stuff, they can't show it all at one time, so the exhibits keep changing. What you get to see, depends on when you are there.

Alexa said...

It used to be free every Sunday—and I took advantage over several years to explore every corner! Everyone should follow your good advice and take it in small doses.

Nat said...

Such a gorgeous piece and you are right... savour the beauty in small doses :-)

Randy said...

It would be a dream just to walk through the door.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh Genie, how I wish I was there.. This piece is so beautiful.. Thank you for sharing this.

Jack said...

I am with you, Genie. Too many people make the mistake of being overwhelmed by museums, especially grand ones like the Louvre. Take them one piece at a time -- even the simple pieces and not the most famous masterpieces -- and one will spend a most enjoyable time in a fine museum.

louciao said...

Ooh, I find the sculpture rather disturbing; delicate and sensitive yet depicting something rather cruel. Beautifully wrought, and beautifully photographed.

Good advice about touring any large museum, Genie. So tempting to try and see it all, though, when it could be the only chance to visit.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Lynne, I was drawn to this piece for the perfect translucent marble and playful pose. After your comment, I want to know more about the artist and this turtle.

With all the museums in Paris and other cities I have visited, I would rather have one or two, perhaps even three, amazing moments of discovery, a work of art that speaks to me in a way in which I can never forget. I knew that I might see the Prado only once and I found four pieces that touched me profoundly.

If you have only a short time, once in a lifetime visit, plan ahead, research, and then prepare to be amazed.

Louise, I always walk into the room of the enormous French paintings and took my husband there as well. They are overwhelming in size and detail and artistry.

Vreni, I will have to try going in the evening on my next visit. I have spent much time with my camera outside in the falling shadows of day and in the darkness of the stars.

I have not been to the Musée d'Orsay in several years, but I am disappointed that I will no longer be able to take photos, not of the art as much as of the architecture.

Have a lovely weekend, all.


Cezar and Léia said...

Adorable, a poetic image and very beautiful sculpture!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Such a delightful statue Genie, and I totally agree, it just wouldn't be possible to do justice to the Louvre in one day only.

Jeanie said...

On the Marmelade Gypsy, about two weeks ago, I wrote about my visit to the Louvre -- indeed, very big, very busy. We tried to do as much as we could, but the crowds were a bit overwhelming. I knew there was a quiet corner of the Louvre somewhere! You found it!

Rob and Mandy said...

That's beautiful!

scott davidson said...

I had a chance to combine my two loves in life recently and had a two weeks' holiday in wonderful France, to which I had been before, and had loved so much. I took a little Renault rental car and headed off from Paris, to the Palace of Versailles, to Chartres then southward to sunny Provence, via the Auvergne region, with the Songs of the Auvergne playing repeated on the CD player.
Magnifique, comme toujours. I saw many art galleries and followed the footsteps of artists, like poor Vincent Van Gogh.
Back home all too soon, I ordered a canvas print from, choosing this painting by Cézanne,, to remember my trip by.