Louvre Museum – Musée du Louvre is one of the biggest museums in the world. The former royal castle of Capet family was rebuilt in Renaissance style by Francis I in 16th Century. In the adjacent Tuileries palace were attacked Louis XIV and his wife Marie Antoinette during the French revolution. Tuileries palace was destroyed by fire and on his place there is a large garden Jardin de Tuileries.
In 1793 was founded the museum and the palace was opened to public. In 1980’s was the Louvre rebuilt and modernized. I. M. Pei designed a glass pyramid covering the main vestibule of the museum.
In the most part of the rooms of the palace you will find lost of pictures, statues and objets of art. In basement there is possible to visit the rest of the mediaeval castle. The upper part of Richelieu wing is furnished in the style of Napoleon III. Temporary exhibitions are held in the Louvre several times a year.
Location: Paris, 1er arrondissement, France
Louvre Museum Paris FRA
Museum: since 1793
Number of exhibits: more then 400.000 items
Number of artworks on display: approximately 35.000 items
Opening times: Wednesday – Monday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Wednesday and Friday: till 9:45 pm
Closed: 1 January, 1 Mai, 25 December
Louvre museum collections: Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Oriental and Islamic art. Pictures, statues, decorative and graphic art. French, Italian, Spanish, German, Dutch and Flemish art.
Leonardo da Vinci – Mona Lisa,
Leonardo da Vinci – Virgin of the rocks,
Leonardo da Vinci – Saint John Baptist,
Giuseppe Arcimboldo – Summer, Autumn
Tiziano Vecelio – Woman with a mirror
Veronese – The Wedding at Cana
Theodore Géricault – The Raft of the Medusa
Eugene Delacroix – Liberty leading the people
Jacques-Louis David – The consecration of Napoleon
Accrupi Scribe – Saqqara, Egypt
Níké Samothrace (Samothrace Victory)
Venus of Melos
Etruscan sarcophagus of a married couple from Cerveteri
Michelangelo Buonarroti – The slaves
Code of Hammurabi
Film location: The Da Vinci Code, Belphégor le Fantôme du Louvre, Bande à part – Band of outsiders, On a volé la Joconde – The Mona Lisa had been stolen and many others.
I. M. Pei 100 years
100th anniversary of birth of I. M. Pei, the author of the Louvre pyramid – 2017
I. M. Pei – Ieoh Ming Pei a Chinese-American architect was born on April 26 1917 in Canton in China. He lived and studied in Shanghai, Hong Kong and later moved to the USA, where he studied architecture on different universities and where he worked as architect. His buildings you can see in the States as well as in Europe and Asia. The famous architect died October 7 2009.
Some of I. M. Pei’s works:
The pyramide of Louvre, Paris, France,
German History Museum – Zeughaus Wing, Berlin, Germany,
MUDAM, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand Duc Jean, Luxembourg,
Morton H. Meyrson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas, USA,
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio, USA,
L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, Washington D.C., USA,
Four Seasons Hotel, New York, USA,
Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong, China,
Shuzhou Museum, Jiangsu, China,
Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar,
Miho Museum, Kyoto, Japan,
The Gateway, Singapore.
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