Each Saturday I focus on a different artist that I admire. From potters to painters, chefs to collectors, seamstress to songwriters, lifestyle to lovers... anyone who set the paintbrush, pastry brush, hands and heart on fire to create.
Those who inspire art to flow where it may.
photo by Corey Amaro
"The Louvre is a tourist’s obligation just as much as the Eiffel Tower or Montmartre, yet at 65,000 m² with 35,000 pieces of art it often overwhelms. Henri Loyrette, former director of the Louvre, says that 80% of visitors go just to see the Mona Lisa.
That’s a crime which THATLou looks to solve, focusing participants’ visits on a theme, whilst expanding their interest in un-trodden corners. Moreover it’s FUN, inevitably pumping adrenaline in the chase to capture as much treasure within the given time."
"As treasure hunts go, THATLou is quite simple: teams consisting of 2 to 4 people compete, following a list of clues that lead them to works of art – or “treasures” – in the museum. Team members photograph themselves in front of as many works of art on the list as possible, earning varied points per treasure. Sometimes bonus questions are embedded in the accompanying texts – either requiring silly poses for photos, drawing on articles from our blog or from the Louvre’s own information sheets."
"Each hunt is tailored around a theme, keeping players focused and motivated, and making THATLou perfect for corporate team-building events, small-business fun-days, birthday parties, destination weddings or hen parties, tourist excursions and more."
"After teams have regrouped they can opt to join their hunt coordinator at a nearby café to tally scores, do some much-earned gloating, and of course have the all-important prize-giving ceremony. It’s a unique and fun way to discover the Louvre."
"In the heat of the chase it’s easy to just skim the text, but you’ll see it pays to read the small print. Not all works of art include bonus points, but some are worth goldmines. All clues have the title of the work of art, the artist and his/her dates and country, which is how you locate it on the Louvre map (no GPS!). Your mission is to photograph your team in front of as many pieces of treasure as possible, within the given time.
"WEDDING FEAST AT CANA, 1563
Paolo Caliari, aka VERONESE (Verona 1528 – Venice 1588)
16th Century, Italian Painting"
"The Benedictine monks of St Giorgio Maggiore, the Palladian church on the Venetian island of the same name, commissioned Veronese to do this monumental work (ten bonus points if you photograph all four corners – an impossible feat!) to decorate their new refectory. Hung at 2.5 meters high, the idea was to give the illusion of extended space. One has to wonder about how sacrosanct these monks were, considering the sumptuousness of the 130 fellow diners in this panel. Moreover, one wonders how abstinent they were, considering the subject of Christ’s first miracle — when he attended a wedding that was about to run dry, he turned the water to wine (which also made him a favourite guest at any wedding). Filled to the brim with wonderful delights, another thirty bonus points if you count how many dogs are in this painting. Question is, do you want to spend your precious THATLou time counting dogs for only thirty points?
The clock’s ticking… All text via THAT LOU."