Casual Venus

I’m so used to getting yelled at by the personnel of the Met Museum in NYC that it was a borderline surreal experience to visit the Louvre in Paris, where the guards are supernaturally friendly, and the collection putsany new world museum to shame (sorry, no exceptions). What a boon for those lucky Parisians, and what a source of annoyance for anyone who has ever felt judged by a French person (you know who you are). But in some cases their interestingly casual relationship with what we often over-preciously treat as sanctified relics of genius goes a bit too far even for my taste.

I winced when I saw Milos’ Venus displayed at eye level without any protection in a room filled with eating (eating!) tourists who posed for snapshots by draping their arms and greasy fingers around Venus’ helpless torso. The floor of the room actually was littered with food wrappers and empty soda containers! Let’s not forget Venus has no legs to run away, and no arms to slap a would-be violator. So my suggestion to the Louvre: We love the friendliness of your guards, but please protect your treasures from those who can’t tell the difference between a great work of art and a dime-store celebrity!

Casual Venus

Comments (5)

  1. Veronica

    Ha ha, love the illustration Kati! But I have to defend the Metropolitan Museum – I still prefer it to the Louvre…Ron

  2. michele

    Incredible … I say we petition a middle ground in there somewhere!
    Fantastic drawing Kati … love, love ,love it!

  3. despina

    ha! yourgo’s girl!!! awesome. I have great memories in both museums, can’t decide!
    Great drawing!

  4. margaret

    Similar situation to the Winged Victory at the top of the steps in the Louvre!

    NO PHOTOGRAPHY!

    People were standing under her wings and hanging on her back like they were on one of those mechanical bulls! Great entertainment/people watching/drawing/photography for me!

  5. Stephen

    terrific drawing. venus looks upset, she’s stretching her neck to avoid facial graffiti.
    wonder if McDonalds moving in will make things even more chaotic
    thanks

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