These are pics from a visit to the Louvre on 6 July. I was fascinated with how sculptors dealt with the drape and pattern of fabric in marble. I can't even imagine how technically complicated that would be. These are funerary monuments from the French Resaissance. First off is a work by Germain Pilon called the Tomb of Valentine Balbiani.
An unexpected self-portrait reflected in the description:
An unknown artist did these effigies of Catherine of Alencon and Pierre d'Evreux-Navarre. After seeing several dogs with the women in the tomb sculptures, I'm thinking that they are not beloved pets, but instead symbolize faithfulness. Especially since the man has two lions fighting there at his feet which would presumably mean courage. Just a guess on my part.
Finally had an exciting day at the Tour de France. Team CSC certainly isn't doing as well as I had hoped, but what an amazing resurgence from The Discovery Team. I have to say that Leipheimer didn't inspire me much, but I can root for Contador. I know he's best young rider, but is this his first Tour de France? So great to see the Discos looking like the big blue train of old, taking control of the race and setting the pace. woohoo!
I'm off to read more Harry Potter. It's a good day for it since rain is pouring down.