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Louvre: Then and Now

It's always something to stroll through the Louvre: too many tourists that make you feel like you're in a shopping mall, the smell of food and bad breath hangs in the air, and in the middle of it all, an art collection begging for more peace and quiet of the olden times.

Well let's take you back in time to the 1900s, to a more quiet Louvre, where the rooms still had a real historic presence, unlike today with all that "nouvelle visibilité" mess:

The rotonde had a certain nobless about it, with painted walls and at least a bust left in that empty occulus. Today it merely serves as a stupid passageway, and if you try to stand still and observe the ceiling, you risk getting trampled over by a hord of tourists following an umbrella in the air...
The appartmnets of Anne d'Autriche still being used as sculpture gallery. No big changes here.
An empty hall now, but filled woth the greek and roman antique marbles. Do I smell someone eating a sandwich in a corner?
The salle des Empereurs is 'en travaux', let's hope they also manage to repair that major crack in the ceiling painting.
The period rooms of the old musée des Souverains, serving nowadays as space for the egyptian collection. It had more style when that alcove was filled with an actual bed, though not an accurate one.

The Musée Charles X rooms still look the same, allthough the mass of exhibits has diminished to calm down the eyes.

And on the way out, the Salle du Manège, as busy as ever. Note the hidious ceiling lights...
Next time we'll try our luck in the near-eastern antiques department and maybe, just maybe we'll venture into the Salle des Etats to see what monumental architectural massacre happened there...

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