I took a wander over to the Louvre today and decided to start with the Assyrian collection. I saw a lot of similar works at the British Museum, but they didn't allow photography (or was that just my husband?). I love the cunieform writing:
I spent a lot of time in the Cour Khorsabad, a re-creation of the temple erected by Assyrian King Sargon II in the 8th century BC. The temple's five massive winged bulls with human heads are known as lamassu, benign demigods. I got all that from my guidebook - the documentation at the museum was lacking.
This warrior looks fearsome:
And for a bit of color, a couple of lions:
It's about a 45 minute walk to the museum from our apartment, so I wore myself out today with this brief jaunt. Sweetie and I bought a year-long family Louvre pass so I have to start getting my money's worth. I figure this one visit cost me $101. Rather that's how much it will have cost if we never go again.
And that's not counting the $5.83 I spent on the small Mocha Frapuccino, but I just had to have it. A Starbucks at the Louvre - unbelievable. I was happier before I got out the calculator and figured out just what it cost. Aiyee.
So anyway, those are some of my pics for the day. I definitely have a thing for fantastical creatures especially when carved from stone or wood. Much more of a draw for me than getting over to see old dark paintings... And there weren't nearly as many people as I expected. Everyone else was probably over at the Mona Lisa.