"I long ago stopped counting how many times I’ve seen the Mona Lisa. The most visited work of art at the Louvre is, alas, at the top of the must-see list of every houseguest on a first visit to Paris.Elaine Sciolino writes about "The Louvre Less Traveled" in a recent New York Times article.
"Mona is surprisingly small (30 by 21 inches), dark and hard to see behind the barriers and bulletproof glass. After a while, she gets — dare I say it — boring. So do the Winged Victory of Samothrace (No. 2 in popularity) and Vénus de Milo (No. 3)."
What does she recommend? --
- Michelangelo’s two marble nude Slaves
- Samuel Van Hoogstraten, “View of an Interior or the Slippers” (shown at right)
- A collection of paintings donated by by Victor Lyon in honor of his wife, Hélène Loeb -- including works by Monet, Degas, and other artists you wouldn't expect to see in the Louvre
- Charles V’s gold scepter
- ... and quite a few more