Musée du Louvre – Paris, France

Dating from the 12th century, the historic Musée du Louvre (Louvre Museum or the Louvre) is one of the world’s largest museums and is the most visited art museum in the world.  It is one of the central and most notable landmarks of Paris, France, located on the Right Bank of the Seine.

The Louvre houses approximately 35,000 objects, dating from prehistory to the 19th century, which are exhibited throughout an area of 652,300 square feet or 60,600 square metres.

Among the most notable pieces in the permanent collection are the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci (1503-1519), Venus de Milo by Alexandros of Antioch (130-100 BC) and Winged Victory of Samothrace or the Nike of Samothrace (approx 190 BC).

The Louvre is an absolute must-see art museum. However, due to it’s size and scope one should plan on spending a couple of days to fully appreciate all that it has to offer.

Photography is permitted, but not with a flash. Please respect the art.

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Leonardo da Vinci Workshop

From February 5 through May 29, 2011, the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia hosted the Leonardo da Vinci Workshop exhibit.

In a word, spectacular.

The displays exhibited included full-size three-dimensional da Vinci models that were interpreted and created from Leonardo’s codices by a team of engineers, designers and scholars in Milan.

The only unfortunate part of the exhibit is the no photography policy. At least, inside the exhibit. Just prior to the entrance were a few items worthy of image capture.

Models that were created and on display included da Vinci’s Aerial Screw (predating the helicopter by hundreds of years), a Mechanical Lion (rather large) that dispensed lilies, his Great Kite, and more.

On the walls near the various models were copies of Leonardo’s Codices and there were computers allowing visitors to use touch screen technology to learn fascinating details about his work.

There were digital reproductions of the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper (full size), which included details of the painstaking steps taken to recreate those masterpieces with as much accuracy to original color, etc., as possible.

This is definitely an exhibit for any person who appreciates the genius of da Vinci and/or who loves the history of inventions and creativity.

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The Getty Center & The Getty Villa

While in Southern California time was made to visit both the Getty Center and the Getty Villa. Both are quite remarkable. Quite.

The scope of the works of art (paintings, sculpture, artifacts, etc.) housed at both locations should be on everyone’s list to visit.

Timing was such that the Leonardo da Vinci exhibit had just opened at the Getty Center. Unfortunately, photography was not allowed with Da Vinci, while in other areas of the Center one can take photos without flash.

Needless to say both locations are spectacular.

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