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Louvre Museum


Cour Carrée du Louvre:
Cour Carrée du Louvre in Paris, France
The Louvre, also known as the Louvre Museum (French: Musée du Louvre) is one of the world's largest museums, and is also the world's most visited museum, receiving more than 8 million visitors each year. The museum is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in Paris, France.

The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace ( (French: Palais du Louvre), which was originally a fortress built by the French King Philip II (1165 to 1223). The original building was subsequently extended many times, although some remnants of the original fortress are still visible in the basement of the museum. After, King Louis XIV relocated the royal household to the Palace of Versailles in 1682, the building was at first used to display the royal collection. After the French Revolution, the Louvre became a museum, and opened as such in 1793.

Today the museum exhibits nearly 35,000 objects over an area of 652,300 square feet (60,600 square meters), and is organized into eight departments:
  1. Egyptian Antiquities

  2. Near Eastern Antiquities

  3. Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities

  4. Islamic Art

  5. Sculpture

  6. Decorative Arts

  7. Paintings

  8. Prints and Drawings
For more information about the Louvre Museum, please visit the official website:

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The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world. The paintings of the Louvre constitute the richest and grandest collection of European art anywhere.

Culled from Black Dog's best-selling book The Louvre: All the Paintings, The Louvre Art Deck distills into 100 6 3/8" x 6 3/8" cards the museum's most iconic and significant paintings. Also included are 10 other masterpieces like The Venus de Milo and I.M. Pei's Pyramid. On the front side of each card is a fullsize photograph of the painting, and on the back is text by art historian Anja Grebe on the key attributes of the work, what to look for when viewing the painting, the artist's inspirations and techniques, biographical information on the artist, and more.

The cards are also fully annotated with the name of the painting and artist, the date of the work, the birth and death dates of the artist, the medium that was used, the size of the painting, the Louvre catalogue number, and the room in the Louvre in which the painting can be found.

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