For many years, whenever someone mentioned the Louvre, I thought of the Mona Lisa.
That was the picture in my mind every time. Of course, I knew that the Louvre held thousands of other treasures. But it wasn’t until I visited that I could fully appreciate that there are 35,000 works of art on exhibition there.
I was also struck by the beauty of the museum’s architecture including the original twelfth century building and subsequent additions surrounding I.M. Pei’s Pyramid, completed in 1989. Now when I think of the Louvre, the Mona Lisa is just one in a gallery of pictures in my mind.