BIG IS BEAUTIFUL …when it comes to art …in the Louvre …

      The world’s most famous painting is small. I am now speaking of the Mono Lisa, or La Joconde, as the painting is known here in Paris.  It measures 0.77 cm by 0.53 cm (2.52 ft by 1.71 ft.). Often those who see it for the first time express disappointment. I did. And […]

 

Cy Twombly's 'The Ceiling' in the Louvre in Paris.

Cy Twombly’s ‘The Ceiling’ in the Louvre in Paris.

 

 

The world’s most famous painting is small.

I am now speaking of the Mono Lisa, or La Joconde, as the painting is known here in Paris.  It measures 0.77 cm by 0.53 cm (2.52 ft by 1.71 ft.).

Often those who see it for the first time express disappointment. I did. And each time I am in the Louvre and go to see it again, I am again disappointed.

Do you know, however, that if you want to see BIG – really big *and* beautiful – in the Louvre, you certainly can.

This is what you will have to do:

Once under the glass pyramid take the escalator up one floor to the Sully wing. Climb up two flights of stairs to the top floor, but know that a staircase in the Louvre is like none other: one flight easily equals two or three of a modern staircase. You will therefore have quite a climb ahead of you although there is a stone bench on each landing where you can have a sit down if needed. (There is a lift for those who have a mobility problem.)

Reaching the second floor, turn right to the Salle des Bronzes (Bronze Hall).

Here in the Bronze Hall are displayed more than a thousand works of art made from bronze or other precious metals including gold.

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Being painted in a warehouse outside Paris

However, what you have to do is to look up – up at the ceiling.  Looking up in the Louvre is not something that visitors do. I’ve watched them and I know that few look up yet the ceilings are beautiful too.

The Bronze Hall’s ceiling, all of its 3,700 square feet (350 square meters), is a masterpiece.

It is a ceiling mural by the late American artist Edwin Parker ‘Cy’ Twombly. Commissioned by the Louvre it is blue sky bordered with white, beige and dark blue spheres and white strips that bear the names in Greek lettering, of the 4th century Greek sculptors – Cephisodotus, Lysippus, Myron, Phidias, Polyclitus, Praxiteles and Scopas.

Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly

In late 2009, Cy Twombly, then already 81 years old, began work on the commissioned mural in a warehouse outside Paris. Several artists and art students assisted him, each working on a panel. The completed oil on canvas panels were then affixed to the Bronze Hall’s ceiling using the same method for covering a wall with wallpaper.

 

In March 2010 the then French Minister of Culture unveiled the ceiling mural and at the same time named Cy Twombly a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur. The artist has only 16 months to live: he passed away on July 5, 2011 in Rome where he had lived since 1959. He was born in Lexington,Virginia on April 25, 1928.

In all honesty I must say that The Ceiling, in the Louvre permanently,  has come under much criticism, mainly because Cy Twombly had assistants for its creation, but I assure you that it is beautiful and it is a must when you visit the Louvre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

One Response to “BIG IS BEAUTIFUL …when it comes to art …in the Louvre …”

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    Veronica Shine Says:

    Wonderful article!

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