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Louvre Museum

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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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  • Paris Museum & Sightseeing Pass
    The Paris Pass is a sightseeing card which gives holders FREE ENTRY to over 60 sights and tourist attractions in Paris. Some of the most popular attractions which can be visited free with the Paris Pass are the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, a Seine river cruise, an open top bus sightseeing tour, the Grevin Wax Museum and the Palace of Versailles - to name but a few.

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Louvre Art Deck: 100 Masterpieces from the World's Most Popular Museum

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Black Dog & Leventhal
Released: 2014-04-15
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Based on Black Dog's best-selling book The Louvre: All the Paintings, this beautiful, informative card deck is the perfect way to experience the treasures of one of the most spectacular masterpiece collections in the world.

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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By Alexandra Bonafante-Warren

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The Musee du Louvre, that is the museum that inhabits the Louvre Palace, is the world's largest museum, and also one of the world's most exciting places. Its buildings offer a journey through time, while its galleries display works from over eight centuries that arouse the full range of human responses, from admiration and wonder to curiosity, lust, even anger and betrayal. THE LOUVRE, complete with photos and historical drawings of the fortreess-turned palaced- turned museum and 300 magnificent colorplates of works in the collection, delivers and engaging and informed account of the history that helped form this spectacular collection. Turn the pages of this book and tour the halls and galleries of an ancient palace, steeped equally in history and human emotion, where hang some of the greatest artworks ever created. THE LOUVRE is a testament to the enduring power of great art, great minds and great vision.

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By the bestselling author of JoJo's Bizare Adventure. Stunning illustrations depict an original fantasy story in this captivating graphic novel. As Rohan, a young Japanese manga artist, is drawing, he meets a mysterious, beautiful woman who tells him of a cursed 200-year-old painting. The painting was created using the blackest ink ever known, which came from a 1,000-year-old tree that the painter had cut down without the approval of the Emperor. The painter was executed for this, but the painting was saved from destruction by a curator of the Louvre. A decade later, Rohan visits Paris and asks the museum to unearth the painting from deep within its archives—but he is completely unprepared for the power of the curse he has unleashed.

Louvre in Paris - a travel guide and tour as with the best local guide (Paris Travel Stories Book 2)

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Synopsis A universal receptacle of artistic knowledge, the Louvre houses an extraordinary cross section of the most important works of art created over a period stretching from antiquity to the early decades of the 19th century. Through analysis of the individual works and their relationship to other masterpieces from the history of art, this stunning book provides the insights and interpretation that allow the reader to make a true journey of exploration into the history of humanity's figurative culture. At the same time it reflects the intent behind the arrangement of the collections and the layout of the museum, which is conceived, in its new organization, as an immense manual of the styles and schools of every age. The process that led to the creation of the Grand Louvre spans centuries. Added to the first important nucleus of France's collection were the acquisitions made by Louis XIV, the Sun King, and the collections of Cardinal Mazarin and the banker Everhard Jabach. Louis XV began to think of the Louvre as a "palace of the Muses," in which masterpieces would be systematically assembled, conserved and displayed to the public. But only with the French Revolution did the Louvre become a true museum, a "national gallery," receiving a considerable quantity of new acquisitions, fruit for the most part of the wars fought first by the republic and then by Napoleon. With the Restoration, the looted countries regained possession of some of the stolen works, but many of them remained in Paris. From this time on there was no further letup in expansion of the museum, and when the Louvre was made the national museum in the 19th century its greatness was universally recognized.


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