"When I was a student at the École du Louvre our classes took place in the museums of Paris. Direct contact with a work of art is a more meaningful way to learn than from studying photographs in books! There’s nothing like the experience of a painting or sculpture directly in front of your eyes. As a museum educator now, I want to share this privilege of spending time looking closely at original works of art. But my tours for Paris Muse are also quite different from art history classes! There’s more space and freedom to respond spontaneously, and to build on the insightful observations our visitors make—especially the young ones."
My favorite place in Paris is the Glasshouses of Auteuil, where you can explore plants from around the world. The tropical one is especially nice when the weather is chilly.
Marijke was born in Paris to an Italian-Dutch family. She studied art history for several years at the École du Louvre. She earned her MA at the Sorbonne and continued her education at the École Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris. During her graduate studies, she specialized in 17th-century French and Italian art, before turning to a career in guiding and museum education.