Louvre Museum (Musée du Louvre) – Paris

Louvre Museum (Musée du Louvre) – ParisLouvre Museum (Musée du Louvre) – ParisLouvre Museum (Musée du Louvre) – ParisLouvre Museum (Musée du Louvre) – ParisLouvre Museum (Musée du Louvre) – ParisLouvre Museum (Musée du Louvre) – Paris






The Louvre Museum (Musée du Louvre) in Paris is the most visited museum in the world and for good reason. With more than 35,000 works of art on display ranging from paintings and sculptures to decorative objects and archaeological treasures, it is truly one of the greatest repositories of human artistic achievement anywhere on the planet.

Opened in 1793, exhibited throughout the hundreds of galleries in this former palace of the French Kings are many of the most celebrated and recognized works of art in the history of man. In particular visitors flock to Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of, “Mona Lisa,” and the classical Greek sculpture known as the, “Venus de Milo,” only two of the most renowned holdings in a permanent collection rich with masterpieces.

The collection is divided into eight individual curatorial categories highlighting works from prehistory to 1848. In addition to vast galleries devoted to painting and sculpture the Louvre is noted for its ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Near Eastern and Islamic art collections as well as its holdings in prints, drawings and objets d’art. Icons in its collection of more than 7,500 paintings on view include additional works by da Vinci like, “The Madonna of the Rocks,” as well as Caravaggio’s, “The Fortune Teller,” Fra Angelico’s, “The Coronation of the Virgin,” Raphael’s, “Madonna and Child with Saint John the Baptist,” Titian’s, “Woman with a Mirror,” and Veronese’s, “The Wedding Feast at Cana,” that exemplify the brilliance of Italian Renaissance artistry.

Don’t miss the impressive Northern European galleries boasting outstanding examples like Dürer’s, “Portrait of the Artist Holding a Thistle,” Rembrandt’s, “Bathsheba at her Bath,” and Vermeer’s, “The Lacemaker.” The comprehensive galleries devoted to French painting boasting David’s, “The Consecration of Emperor Napoleon,” de la Tour’s, “The Cheat with the Ace of Diamonds,” Delacroix’s, “Liberty Leading the People,” Géricault’s, “The Raft of the Medusa,” Ingres’s, “The Odlisque,” Poussin’s, “The Rape of the Sabine Women,” Rigaud’s, “Portrait of Louis XIV,” and Watteau’s, “Pierrot,”  among many masterpieces are the finest in the world celebrating both French history and its patrimony of artistic excellence.

Exhibited within the sculpture galleries are stunning achievements like Canova’s, “Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss,” Coustou’s, “Horses Restrained by Grooms,” and Michelangelo’s, “Rebellious Slave.” Archaeological monuments like the Babylonian, “Code of Hammurabi,” and the Greek, “Winged Victory of Samothrace,” complimented by priceless pottery and ceramic artifacts like the Egyptian, “Seated Scribe,” interpret the great ancient civilizations and be sure to tour the dazzling Apollo Gallery commissioned by Louis XIV where breathtaking works of decorative art are displayed like Madame de Pompadour’s Sèvres vase collection and Louis XV’s coronation crown.

Located on the banks of the River Seine in the historic heart of Paris, the Louvre is as exciting a destination for the serious art enthusiast as it is for the casual observer. Augmented by a revolving calendar of special exhibitions, losing yourself in the Louvre for an hour or a day or even a week is one of the truly singular pleasures of the dazzling City of Lights.

 

 





Delacroix – “Liberty Leading the People” (1830)

David – “The Consecration of Emperor Napoleon” (1807)

da Vinci – “Mona Lisa” (1503)

“Venus de Milo” (100 BC)

Ingres - "The Odalisque" (1814)

Ingres – “The Odalisque” (1814)

Louvre Museum – Paris, France

 

Official Museum Site

 

Louvre Museum

(Musée du Louvre)

Rue du Louvre at Rue de Rivoli

75058 Paris, France

(1) 40-20-53-17

 

Current Exhibitions:

Bouchardon: A Sublime Idea of Beauty

September 14, 2016 through December 5, 2016

 

Upcoming Exhibitions:

The Body in Movement: Dance and the Museum

October 6, 2016 through July 3, 2017

A Swede in Paris in the 18th Century: The Tessin Collection

October 20, 2016 through January 16, 2017

 

Must-See in the Permanent Collection:

Paintings:

  • “The Coronation of the Virgin” (Fra Angelico) – 1432

  • “Madonna of the Rocks” (da Vinci) – 1483

  • “Portrait of the Artist Holding a Thistle” (Dürer) – 1493

  • “Mona Lisa” (da Vinci) – 1503

  • “Madonna and Child with Saint John the Baptist” (Raphael) – 1507

  • “Woman with a Mirror” (Titian) – 1515

  • “The Wedding Feast at Cana” (Veronese) – 1563

  • “The Fortune Teller” (Caravaggio) – 1595

  • “The Cheat with the Ace of Diamonds” (de la Tour) – 1635

  • “The Rape of the Sabine Women” (Poussin) – 1638

  • “Bathsheba at her Bath” (Rembrandt) – 1654

  • “The Lacemaker” (Vermeer) – 1669

  • “Portrait of Louis XIV” (Rigaud) – 1701

  • “Pierrot” (Watteau) – 1718

  • “The Consecration of Emperor Napoleon” (David) – 1807

  • “The Odalisque” (Ingres) – 1814

  • “The Raft of the Medusa” (Géricault) – 1819

  • “Liberty Leading the People” (Delacroix) – 1830

Sculpture:

  • “Seated Scribe” (Unknown) – 2500 BC

  • “Venus de Milo” (Alexandros of Antioch) – 100 BC

  • “Rebellious Slave” (Michelangelo) – 1513

  • “Horses Restrained by Grooms” (Coustou) – 1745

  • “Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss” (Canova) – 1787

Archaeological Monuments:

  • “Code of Hammurabi” – 1772 BC

  • “Winged Victory of Samothrace” – 190 BC

Art Objects:

  • “Coronation Crown of King Louis XV” – 1722

  • “Madame de Pompadour’s Sèvres Vase Collection” – 1770

 

Visiting Hours:

Open Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Open Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Closed on Tuesday.

Closed for holidays on January 1, May 1 and December 25.

 

Admission:

15€ for an adult ticket that provides access to the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.

Free admission for all visitors under 18 years of age.

Free admission for everyone on the first Sunday of each month and on July 14.  (Free admission does not include access to special temporary exhibitions).

 

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