Privilege. I'm so grateful to have seen so many paintings in the placidity of a visitor-free museum. Like this :
|Room 75 "Daru" Neoclassicism , 9ish am|
Some of the painting you can see in this room:
Oath of the Horatii / Paris and Helen / The Sabines / The Coronation of Napoleon (the Coronation of Napoleon all for yourself!!!), Jacques-Louis DAVID
Marius à Minturnes, Jean-Germain DROUAIS
The Burial of Atala / The Sleep of Endymion / Pygmalion, Anne-Louis GIRODET
Grande Odalisque, Jean-Auguste-Dominique INGRES
Love and Psyche, François-Édouard PICOT
If you'd like to see more of my Louvre pictures, head over here.
The aim of this post was actually to reveal the shocking, colourful truth (to those who don't know) that Greek statues or monuments were not white. They were not made with immaculacy in mind. It's the Western world that believed that Greek art was "pure" in opposition of the colour conventions of their time : "The whole world then appeared to me barbarian. The East repelled me by its pomp, its ostentations and its impostures" ( Prayer on the Acropolis, Ernest Renan). The Parthenon was painted! You were myth-taken! They were colourful (and colourful in a way that would make my eyes hurt, very personal opinion). Think red, blue, yellow, brown. All mixed together. With prints. Polychromy was the norm. So the Nike of Samothrace was not white or greyish. I know you're disappointed. Just wait and see how archaeologists and scientists have reconstituted the polychromy that intensive weathering has faded .
There was a (travelling) exhibition in 2003-2004 "Bunte Götter – Die Farbigkeit antiker Skulptur", that displayed copies of the reconstructed artworks. I think the most famous is this one :
|Pâris, on the Western pediment of the Aphaia Temple, (source)|