Tom Sweeney, Star Tribune
Thousands tour the Louvre Masterpieces exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the exhibit runs til 1/10/2010.
A return visit to the MIA's soon-to-close show of Louvre masterpieces offers a refresher course on what makes great art.
By Mary Abbe, Star Tribune
Last update: December 24, 2009 - 2:29 PM
As museum brands go, the Louvre is tops. Like so many things French, it's synonymous with chic. A bijoux riverside residence right in the heart of Paris, it's a fortress that grew into a palace. It has a glass pyramid for a doorway and a shopping mall under its courtyard. Marie Antoinette slept there. Mona lives there, and fashion shows are held there.
With so much going for it, there's little wonder that the Louvre is sometimes misunderstood as merely a flossy cultural checkpoint that tourists breeze through en route to really important shoe shopping. For anyone whose impressions of the Louvre are defined mostly by cell-phone snaps of Mona in her bombproof box, "The Louvre and the Masterpiece" at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts will be a revelation. Mona's not there, but so very much else is....read more...