Getting lost in the vast maze of rooms at the Musee de Louvre. Even with a map in hand, this is easy to do.
There is so much to take in. Paintings and frescoes by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Raphael and more. Room after room filled with ancient art and artifacts from Sumer, Ur, Egypt, Greece and Rome. I was on the trail of some favorite relics and artifacts. The Louvre holds some of the most important Goddess figurines and statues, and I was eager to photograph them in greater detail than the last time I visited.
It took a while to find the exquisite frescoes by Botticelli, tucked into an alcove just to the right of the Winged Victory.
The incredible Winged Victory – Goddess Nike – is a magnificent sight at the top of the main staircase.
At the end of a long gallery of sculpture I found Venus di Milo (surrounded by Japanese tourists taking selfies) . The marble wall is a perfect backdrop for this graceful statue.
Going back in time to Sumer, Ur and Babylon, there are some remarkable figures that portray the Divine Feminine in poses of power, sovereignty and nourishment.
This rare Goddess sculpture is decorated with water and nature images – all life-nourishing symbols. Other pottery carries similar symbols – water birds, nets, triangles, swastika-forms – all symbols of life and birth associated with Artemis and Aphrodite.
In some cases, I was intensely frustrated by the prospect of taking photos through glass. Or, with dim lighting and massive reflections. Queen Ty was particularly elusive. Good thing my husband was both helpful and patient!
I have a fascination for both Hathor and this Egyptian musical instrument called the sistrum. These are often seen with Hathor’s image. Used by women in religious ceremony, there would have been small metal discs strung in the center that would rattle.
An exterior view of the Louvre, taken from the beautiful Tuileries Garden. Yes, that is a goat doing the lawn mowing.