In a table setting like this, what happens when you say Can someone pass me the soya sauce please & it's all the way at the other end of the table?
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
This particular section of the gallery is called the Galerie d'Apollon.
Comparing with the other galleries, this one has got to be the most zhng-ed one in the whole of The Louvre. It seemed like Ah Lien was here & she did a complete makeover of the place.This whole thing was commisioned by Louis XIV who was the Sun King in the 1660s. The designs on the ceiling & walls depict Apollo, which was a representation of King Louis himself, strangely. It's wierd how some people can be so rich & powerful that they start to think that they're gods.
But that's really no different from a particular 'royal' family in Sarawak.
This was the most interesting display in the entire hall.
This was the Coronation Crown for the King. Strangely, it looked very cheap & devoid of anything expensive.
Who's really in charge here?!!
But then again, it shouldn't be surprising. Royalty or not, the husbands always wear the cheap RM5 white Teck Kong T-shirt while the wife carries a RM5,000 LV bag.
Heheheh. Actually, both of the crowns could have been the King's lah. But all the same, the Teck Kong T-shirt & LV analogy still stands.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
We bought a €9 full-day pass cos we figured we'd be there practically the whole day. It's a simple calculation. If it takes 1 minute to look at an artwork (inclusive of the time for walking), 35,000 artwork would take you 45 days. So prioritisation was very important.
The Louvre started out as a fortress back in 1190 to protect the small town from enemy attacks. Then as time went by, different kings with running-number names of Louis I, II, IVX, XXVII, VXIVX, etc. expanded the drabby old walls into a super rich palace while the children in Africa had nothing to eat.
Then somewhere along the line, part of the palace became an art gallery & was opened to the general public in 1793. And today, the gallery has engulfed the whole palace like cancer.
Observe carefully the level of intricacy in the designs, & the richness of everything.
The kings must have been so rich that they ate gold & pooped gold, with intricate designs.
This is what you call filthy rich. Nearer to home, we call this got money until no manners.
I'm seriously wondering if the French royalties were Foochows.
A lot of the earlier paintings were visual representations of biblical stories like Samson & Delilah.
Some were of major events like the coronation of some King Louis the VIIXVVXII to the power of 3 or something close.
Others were mostly portraits of famous people like Napoleon.