The Louvre museum contains thousands of works of art which tell endless intriguing stories. What are Hercules or goddess Diana chasing? What do tombs tell us about pharaohs? What were the symbols of Louis XIV and Napoleon? Our 2.5 hour interactive Louvre walk, led by specially trained family friendly art historians, provides an interactive learning experience of art for children by allowing them to take the helm: at the beginning of each walk participants will get to choose a theme between gods & goddesses, kings & queens, and heroes & heroines. Discovery theme in hand, off we’ll embark on our artistic adventure.
We’ll begin each walk by learning a bit about the history of the museum and the stories surrounding the building of the palace and its evolution. We will have to look carefully… there might be some secrets for us to discover in the palace’s old moat. Then, depending on our theme, we might journey off to ancient Egypt to investigate the pharaonic legends told through their hieroglyphs. We’ll certainly venture to ancient Greece, perhaps first through the famous Venus de Milos... why doesn’t she have arms? What else can we learn from her pose? We will also see how the Renaissance French royals repurposed greek symbolism for their own identity.
Traveling through the painting wings, we could see the curious smile of the heroine Mona Lisa or debate who is more heroic: Napoleon or the brothers in the Oath of the Horatii. At each stop, our docent, trained in visual thinking strategies, will engage the young adventurers with inquisitive questions and activities in addition to putting the works into their art historical context. By the end of the tour, participants will not only have discovered numerous fascinating characters and stories, but also have attained a grasp of the evolution of art history and hopefully in consequence change the way the children will experience museums.