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Grey and overcast days have been more than common in Paris, as autum was about to end. So, last Monday, when I saw through my window a bright blue sky, I decided to go to one of the most beautiful places I know which can be transfigured by light: the Louvre museum.

My mind was set on the restored and recently reopened Apollo gallery, but even is the place was already too crowded (school's out for the Chrismas holidays), lighting conditions would be much better early in the morning than at two o'clock (more to come on that particular subject, no doubt...).

So I started to wander in the palate, following corridors for no particular reason, switching directions to let my eyes roam the rooms... until I came to the Seven chimeys room, which houses momentarily Venetian and British paintings while alterations are being performed in others parts of the museum.
I had never seen it like that!
The sun was shining from the south. Partially reflected on the Seine river and despite the diffusing blinds, light rays nearly obliterated the dual-pane representation of the Seven planetary divinities by Veronese, transforming the figures of Mars, Diane, Saturn, Venus et al. into a tangle of pastel splashes of color, barred by large shadows.
Admiring the paintings was impossible, not to say hopeless!

The museum had lost its primary purpose, at least for a few minutes; the building had taken over, reminding the few visitors that it was definitely not an empty shell dedicated to showing celebrated works of art, but alo a place living and breathing along the change of seasons and the whims of the weather outside...
By looking at these three people, map in hand, looking for less exposed parts or chitchating about who knows what, we may guess that they got the message...

Extension of the Paintings department, in the Louvre, in the midst of the Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities department.

Lens distorsion correction and partial noise reduction (floor and wall) with Neat Image

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