An art haven, historic monument and a treasure chest; this is The Louvre in Paris. With 35,000 works in eight curatorial departments, the Louvre is one of the richest repositories of human civilization, and an inspiration to many..
The Louvre Palace was a fortress built in the 13th century under the reign of Philip II Augustus. It is one of the largest and most illustrious palaces in the world located on the bank of the Seine River in Paris, France. This historic monument is today the national museum of France with exhibitions covering 60,000 square metres.
You can’t miss the Louvre Pyramid that greets you at the main entrance. The large glass and metal structure is the centrepiece of The Louvre’s courtyard and is now a landmark in the city of Paris. This remarkable piece outside is but a preview of what the museum has in store for visitors – Egyptian Antiquities, Near Eastern Antiquities, Greek Etruscan and Roman pieces, Islamic Art, Sculptures, Decorative Arts, Paintings, and Prints and Drawings.
When the museum first opened in 1793, there were 537 paintings on display. As time passed, the collection grew, and during the French Revolution, the museum was opened to the public after the arrest of Louis XVI. Popular pieces housed in this exceptional venue include paintings by Raphael, Michelangelo, da Vinci, Jean Fouquet, Veronese, Andrea Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini representing all the European schools. Sculptures include Michelangelo’s Dying Slave and Rebellious Slave, a statuette of the Sumerian ruler Gudea, the Venus de Milo and the Victory of Samothrace. The treasure of Saint Denis and the French crown diamonds can also be found here.
Several exhibitions are scheduled this year. Enjoy the Prints of Ideal China – When the Emperor Qianlong commissioned prints from Louis XVI, The Gates of Heaven, Visions of the World in Ancient Egypt, or a series of impressionist paintings by Waldmiller between February and May. From April to July, a sculpture exhibition will display Early Altarpieces – A Presentation of sacred art. The Louvre also offers workshops for children.
Receptions and business functions can be held here. The auditorium also caters to lectures, films, concerts, readings, thematic programs and performances. The Tuileries and Carrousel gardens also offer a range of activities for visitors of all ages. The grounds are a delight at any time of the year, providing a relaxing place to find peace and enjoy The Louvre.