The Louvre: An Exercise in Empathy

Ah, The Louvre! Arguably the world’s most famous museum! Home to the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, The Code of Hammurabi and Napoleon III’s apartments. A building filled with more history and knowledge than even the world’s greatest geniuses could consume. But here’s the catch: it’s all in French.

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I didn’t notice this until I walked into my first exhibit: a room filled with gorgeous scultpures. I realized when I was at the free museums in Liverpool just how much I love sculptures and reading the plaques that come with them so I get a sense ofIMG_0951 what each statue is thinking and living through. But when I went to understand the sculptures better in The Louvre, I was met with French descriptions.

At first, I was a bit disappointed—all these incredible pieces of art, and I didn’t know what they meant? But then I remembered an old mantra: art is what you make it. And I realized that the beautiful thing about art is that each viewer can interpret it in whatever way they wish—good pieces of art can have dozens of different meanings for different people, and that’s the beauty of it, right? So, I decided that that afternoon, I was going to connect with the art in the Louvre on a level I’m sure many art goers never have: a personal level.

1. Engaging in a staring contest with this Egyptian statue.

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2. Sympathizing with this guy, trying to brighten his day a little. He seems a little bue-green.IMG_0948

3. Feeling the chill with this guy.

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5. Trying to steal the Hail Mary pass from these guys.IMG_0954

6. Feelin’ mysterious with The Mona LisaIMG_0967

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7. Trying to figure out what, exactly, is going on over there with this Egyptian statue.

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