It's estimated if you spend a mere ten seconds in front of each piece around the clock without break for food, rest, or refreshment, you'd need more than a week to see it all. Bear in mind even a week at that breakneck speed would only allow you a cursory glance at each piece.
The Louvre museum opens its doors to thirty thousand visitors a day. They come to see art and sculpture collections from all continents and from all eras. The old masters collections are the most heavily trafficked. There are about as many visitors at once passing through the floors of the Louvre museum housing the old masters collections as there are passengers passing through most United States airports on a busy day.
If you observe the Louvre museum's old masters collections without any already always listening, comparing, and interpreting history, and instead focus only on their subjects richly and lavishly depicted in oils on huge canvassas in massively ornate frames (which, by the way, are priceless works of art in and of themselves), you'd probably come to the conclusion there are only two kinds of originating incidents ie seminal experiences which inspired the old masters of art. War is one. Religion is the other.
The art, simply breathtaking in its accuracy, beauty, majesty, size, and sheer grandeur, barely conceals the fact that its inspirations, war and religion, are beyond doubt the most divisive, separatist, and sometimes even the most barbaric (witness the Spanish Inquisition of yore as well as today's Jihad) crimes against humanity mankind has ever foisted on itself.
That's the first distinction which I can take responsibility for spontaneously and originally bringing forth in the Louvre museum. And believe me, such is the awe one experiences inside the Louvre museum that at first, any original distinction has as much chance of spontaneously coming forth as a snowflake in a fully fired potter's kiln. I'd been strolling around the old masters collections for over two hours before I spontaneously and originally distinguished "Given the subject matter of their paintings, I finally figured out what inspired these guys the most, what fired them up: it was war and religion!".
G ... herard ... ini
G ... erhard ... ini.
Mona Lisa! Mona Lisa! "Gee, Erhard in I.".
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