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At the Louvre (Part /V)

By bliba  
How to best display these artworks, that were conceived and crafted for such a specific context?

A room dedicated to these Marly statues was opened in the Louvre in 1972, but it was in 1993 that the Cour Marly that we know today came into being. I.M. Pei and Michel Macary covered the old Finance Minister's courtyard with glass, in the same mode as their newly installed glass pyramid.

Natural sunlight streams in the courtyard in orderly grids of shadow and light. A rational series of four ascending levels was installed, designed to imitate the intended angles of viewing the statues.

Beyond the sunlight, the original location of these artworks is evoked through modest ficus trees. Visitors can sit on what look like park benches, spending a moment amidst the statues, basking in the sun's light filtered through the glass ceiling. The museum also made a concerted effort to include reference images on many of the statues' labels that show period engravings of their original placements.

Through minimal elements, the visitor's imagination is free to place the statues back in the gardens.

thanks for looking


Tags: Monochrome Black and white Louvre - paris Statues and sculptures

Voters: Xandru, mrtower, cabbie and 59 more



Fefe Plus
11 84 49 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2023 4:34PM
This is great Oliver, the light and shadows and composition just wonderful.
Have a GEA!
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.8k 2590 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2023 4:40PM
The magic of light.
taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
13 Mar 2023 4:58PM

A museum under/within glass--- wonderful sculptures thoughtfully arranged to be appreciated!

a unique and stunning image!
woolybill1 Plus
16 39 79 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2023 5:00PM
The couple sitting on the right are overwhelmed: by the light, or by the heat, I wonder. . .


Minty805 Plus
6 51 10 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2023 6:03PM
A fantastic setting captured so well here, Oliver. The light and shade are a joy, and the couple placed in the bottom corner give scale and lift the image to another level. Love it.
capto Plus
10 7.2k 33 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2023 6:08PM
A fascinating place to visit.Smile
12 5.9k 130 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2023 6:25PM
The light is simply magical.

So very well composed exposed, and photographed with the monochrome processing adding to both the appeal and quality of the image.

Thanks for sharing Oliver.

Regards Nathan
cooky Plus
19 6 9 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2023 6:41PM
Wonderful capture Oliver, classically beautiful composition.

davidhu Plus
17 1 24 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2023 7:14PM
Nicely balanced comp Ollie and including the two figures adds emphasis to the grandeur of the building, The light is superb. Well worthy of a gong.
ViVla 6 14 2 Russian Federation
13 Mar 2023 7:30PM
Such a nice composition and light!
13 Mar 2023 7:41PM
Quality image Oliver, well framed and lovely lighting.Smile
13 Mar 2023 8:32PM
They sit amongst giants in a blaze of light.
Love this one, Ollie.
13 Mar 2023 10:15PM
Lovely composition and the quality of the light is striking. 🙂🏆
mac Plus
21 14 Scotland
13 Mar 2023 11:43PM
With all the white walls, sculptures and floor, you feel it should be mandatory to have to wear sunglasses before entering! A lovely capture of the scene with a great notes, Ollie.
ColleenA Plus
10 505 11 Australia
14 Mar 2023 3:08AM
Love that you have the couple in the frame as they add scale
14 Mar 2023 5:09AM
In Japan they do forest bathing France Louvre bathing ? You know what they say ..
When In Rome...
stellar capture Ollie ,
Walt .
14 Mar 2023 7:11AM
Great image and write up, Ollie.

John Smile
TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
14 Mar 2023 1:05PM
Took a couple of pictures in this area on one of my visits to the Louvre, which is as you say, Ollie, 'outside' but actually indoors! A fine composition and capture, and the seated couple add to it's appeal 😃👍🏻
Trev 😃
14 Mar 2023 3:53PM
Excellent image
Chinga Plus
12 112 3 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2023 3:42PM
A very lovely composition...
Isabel GrinGrin

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