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Louvre Love

Dear Diary,

For our Summer vacation, we visited the Louvre. It was big and breathtaking.

We saw the Mona Lisa.

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We read a crazy statistic that 80% of people who go to the Louvre just look at the Mona Lisa and then leave. That seems like such a waste because there was so much more to see.

Those of you who have read my blog for awhile know that I love history and have a mild obsession with Henry VIII of England. Well, you can imagine how much I nerded out when I spotted this painting!

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Do you know who this is? It’s Anne of Cleves! Henry the VIII’s fourth wife! Back in the day, you couldn’t just ask someone to send a selfie when you were checking them out to be your 4th wife, so Henry dispatched Hans Holbein to paint Anne’s portrait. Henry liked the portrait enough to commit to marrying her, but when she arrived in England he was not pleased with her looks at all!!! So, what’s an obnoxious spoiled King to do but marry her anyway then annul the marriage in 6 months in order to take up with that trollop, Katherine Howard. What a jerky diss! But the best part is that Anne won out in the end. She got a nice settlement from Henry and they actually ended up becoming friends and confidants. She outlived him and all of this wives. Go Anne of Cleves!

Anyhoo, this is the ACTUAL PORTRAIT of her painted by Hans Holbein that started all of this drama. I just about died standing next to it!!!

Speaking of disses. I had to take a picture of this painting. It’s nice enough, right?

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Until you see the title which is “Portrait of an OLD LADY at 44 years old”. This 44 year old was not pleased.

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Tom liked this one. I wonder why? (insert eye roll) But look at the lady in the background embroidering. That’s redeeming.

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This has always been a favorite of mine.

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And this. Swoooon.

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I can’t imagine what it would be like to paint something so huge.

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Some of the halls were truly over the top.

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You can definitely picture this guy galavanting around in these rooms.

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You can’t tell from my sucky photo, but these colors were so rich.

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And, of course, Rembrandt.

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And check out the size and detail of this tapestry. Perhaps inspiration for my next project? Ha!

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Next up… Parisian cross stitching adventures…

Until then, hope you’re having a great weekend!

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3 Comments

  1. You managed to get a photo of the Mona Lisa with no tourists infront. Did you go really early or stay late? Some of these old paintings are really racy. Fascinating story about Anne. Hans Holbein really screwed up but it’s good to see there was a happy ending and she could keep her head.

  2. We were there on a Tuesday, I believe, and it must have been early afternoon when we made it to the Mona Lisa. There was a little clump of people but I waited and they left. Not bad at all! We were prepared for a crowd.
    Every account I’ve read says that Anne of Cleves was considered an attractive woman in her day and the portrait was accurate. I think that Henry VIII was just INSANE.

  3. Great photos from the Museum! Love them all. And I think that you should get started on that very large cross stitch project right away!

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