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The Louvre Museum: Most visited museum of art

Posted on December 6, 2010 | Art MuseumsNo Comment



Also known as the Musee du Louvre or formally the Grand Louvre, the Louvre Museum is not only the Paris’ central attraction as well as a historic monument, but is also among the largest museums and the most explored museum of art on the planet. Nestled at the Seine’s Right Bank in the first district and housed in the Louvre Palace or the fortress of 12th century, the art gallery is the home of varied artifacts belonging right since the time of prehistory, which are displayed over a vast area. The relics of the citadel are yet seen if you come to visit this great Louvre Museum. Started in 1793 with only 537 paintings restricted to the imperial and church property, today it is the residence of around 3,80,000 items including 35,000 art works that reside among the eight departments namely, Egyptian Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Decorative Arts; Sculpture; Paintings; Islamic Art; and Prints and Drawings.

Egyptian Antiquities

This is the home of more than 50,000 items kept in over 20 rooms, which are naturally of the Nile settlements dating back from 4,000 BC up to 4th century A.D. This exhibition is regarded as one of the largest in the world providing an insight in the life of the ancient Egypt including the new as well as the middle kingdoms and the Ptolemaic, Roman, and Byzantine era. Check out for the big Sphinx as the guard, mummies, papyrus scrolls, jewelry, clothing, tools, musical instruments, games, and weapons. Specifically, spot the Gebel-el Arak knife, the Head of King Djedefre, The Seated Scribe, the statue of Amenemhatankhm, the statue of the goddess Nephthys, and the goddess Hathor’s limestone depiction.

Near Eastern Antiquities

Since 1881, this one gives a general ideal of the early civilization of the Near Eastern until the Islam conquest. Within its three geographic zones known as the Mesopotamia, the Levant, and Persia (present Iran), you will come across the displays from Sumer and Akkad cities along with the structures like the Prince of Lagash’s Stele of the Vultures as well as the stele made by the King of Akkad for commemorating the triumph over barbarians, huge Code of Hammurabi describing the Babylonian Laws, works of the archaic era such as the Archers of Darius I and the Funerary Head, and the rare Persepolis items.

Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities

In the Louvre Museum, this is where you can see the items of the Mediterranean Basin, which start from the Neolithic times until the 6th century AD. The main highlights here are the jewelry, limestone Lady of Auxerre, the cylindrical Hera of Samos, the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Venus de Milo, Roman portraits of Agrippa and Annius Verus, and Greek Apollo of Piombino.

Sculpture

In contrast to the previous department stated here, this department holds the works prior to 1850. There are two exhibitions namely, the French display in the Richelieu wing and the foreign collection in the Denon wing. In the former, there are Romanesque items like the Daniel in the Lions’ Den of the 11th century, the Virgin of Auvergne of the 12th century, bas reliefs of the Jean Goujon, Descent from the Cross as well as the Resurrection of Christ by Germain Pilon, Woman Bathing, and obelisks.

Islamic Art

This is the most latest collection of the Louvre Museum, which is related to 3 continents and 13 centuries. You will find many types of glasses, ceramics, wood, metal ware, carpets, ivory, miniatures, and textiles making up for over 5,000 pieces. Look for the 10th-century Pyxide d’al-Mughira that is an ivory box, Iran’s Shroud of Josse, the Baptistery of Saint-Louis, a carved basin of brass of the Mamluk era, three pages of the Persian epic book called the Shahnameh, and Barberini Vase of the Syrian style.

Decorative Arts

Including arts from the Middle era until the 19th century, this area houses the most valuable works such as bronzes, pietre dure vases, enamels, ceramics, stained glass, gold jewelry, and maiolicas. The collection is on the first floor of the Richelieu Wing as well as in the Apollo Gallery. Look for the coronation crown of Louis XIV, porphyry vase of the 12th century, Charles V’s scepter, bronze Nessus and Deianira, Maximillian’s Hunt (tapestry), Napoleon III’s apartments, Madame de Pompadour’s Sèvres vases, the Mona Lisa, oil on panel, and Chagoury’s tapestry collection wherein the six-part one in gold and silver threads is worth a look indicating the sea divinities.

Painting

Housing over 13th-century 6,000 works of French as well as Northern European artists, this department is worth a look. The Richelieu wing as well as the Cour Carree holds the French and Northern European works, while the first floor of the Denon wing houses the Spanish and Italian paintings. The main highlights here are Avignon Pieta of Enguerrand Quarton, Hyacinthe Rigaud’s Louis XIV, the painting of King Jean le Bon that is most ancient independent portrait to live since the postclassical time, The Coronation of Napoleon, The Lacemaker and Astronomer, the Tree of Crows, Bathsheba at Her Bath, Slaughtered Ox, The Supper at Emmaus, Italian Calvarys, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, St. John the Baptist, Virgin and Child with St. Anne, and Madonna of the Rocks.

Prints and drawings

This the zone of paper works and the display is split into three sections namely, the 14,000 royal copper printing-plates, core Cabinet du Roi, and the donations of Edmond de Rothschild. There are some 3000 drawings, 40,000 prints, and 5,000 books seen in the Pavillon de Flore.

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