When Dante and Virgil entered Hell, they encountered the shades of two lovers: Paolo and Francesca. The story goes that this brother and sister-in-law fell in love which led to Paolo's murder by the furious husband. Their tragic story along with the imagery described by Dante has inspired numerous artists. There are perhaps 100+ world class paintings and sculptures of Paolo and Francesca in American, Canadian, and European museums. It's been a sporadic hobby of mine to see all of them.
One of the best known paintings is Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta Appraised by Dante and Virgil. The artist made several copies and one of them is in the Wallace Collection in London and there is another version in the Louvre.
Source: Wallace Collectioni, Fair Use
I would like the thrill of seeing both paintings in a single day.
Assuming I start at the Wallace Collection the minute it opens. And then a GBP 6 taxi from the Wallace Collection to catch the Eurostar from St Pancras to Paris 'Gare du Nord' followed by an approximate EUR 12 taxi to the Louvre. Telling the taxi driver where to let me out is a crucial decision.
Question: Time is short, which entrance to the Louvre is the shortest route to the Paolo and Francesca painting? Is there anything else I can do to reduce the time getting in to the Louvre and ultimately to the painting?
Secondarily, if time permits I could leave the Louvre and get across the river to the Rodin museum and see his sculpture of Paolo and Francesca (also known as "The Kiss"). Seeing three in a single day would be a spectacular feat!
I have been there lots of times, so is there another option to see a painting/sculpture of this famous couple before everything closes? Or alternatively is there a special time when museums are open late so as to make this feat easier?