I found it hard to concentrate on one piece of art because it was competing with all the paintings clustered around it. The rivalry between paintings detracted from their beauty because one painting would also have something that another didn’t.
It is hard to visit the Louvre properly because it is so large that it is impossible to see all of it, so you carve out a section you want to see but still feel pressured to fit more in, to see just one more room. I suppose it’s nice to have an endless treasure trove of extravagance to dip your toe in when you like, if you live in Paris, but as a visitor it was exhausting and not very rewarding. Any visit to the Louvre is long, and you sacrifice time you could spend outside in beautiful Paris.
Even if you go solely to see the Mona Lisa, any magic is lost and buried under the constant crowd jostling around the barrier to get closer and to get a good photo. It’s also a hot spot for pickpockets, preying on those who are too busy trying to get closer to the painting.
The Louvre is an important institution, but it is never something I recommend to visitors in Paris. I wouldn’t tell people not to go, because it is important to form your own opinion, but it’s definitely not a priority return visit for me.
I like the simplicity and the focus of museums such as Musee de l’Orangerie, Musee de Moyen Age and Musee D’Orsay. Orsay is the largest but it stops short of becoming a behemoth. You can visit these museums and just as you are starting to reach sensory overload, it ends.