The Louvre in the former palace of the kings of queens of France is sp beautiful and massive that we had to make some decisions about what was a priority for us to see. We started with the antiquities, focusing on the Winged Lady, c. 190 B, marble of the Aegean Sea, Greece, and Venus, c. 100 BC, marble, Greece. What a thrill to see these great statues!
We also saw the paintings of the Italina Rennaisance, including the Mona Lisa, and the Romantic Period paintings of the 1800's. This painting, a portrait of Mme. Mole Reymond, was painted by the portrait artist of Marie Antoinette, Mme. Le Brune Vigee, in 1842. I loved the light, color, and the personality she captured in this portrait! I was walking so quickly through this gallery with liimited time, but she stopped me in my track!! The artists was exiled from France during th French Revolution, but continued to paint commissioned portraits throughout Europe for many years. She later returned to her home of France after receiving a pardon for being a portrait artist to the former royal family.