July 24, 2017

Above: Elaborate ceiling fresco and detail.

1 show long lineups to get inside the Louvre at around noon.

2 is "Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta appear with Dante and Virgile" by Ary Scheffer, 1855.

3 is "The Sleep of Endymion" by Anne-Louise Girodet de Roussy-Trioson, 1791. It is based on the Greek Myth where Selene, the Titan goddess of the moon loved the mortal
Endymion. She believed him to be so beautiful that she asked Endymion's father, Zeus, to grant him eternal youth so that he would never leave her. Zeus granted her wish
and put him into an eternal sleep and every night, Selene visited him where he slept.

4 to 6 show the Apollo Gallery, an oppulent room for when the Louvre was a royal palace, featuring crowns and other objects among wall paintings of French Kings, such as
Henri IV (who built the Pont Neuf, and emphasized religious tolerance to both Protestants and Catholics) and Louis XIV (72 year ruler,the Sun King).

7 to 9 show more frescoes and oppulent detail on the walls and ceiling of the Louvre.

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