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Italian School

Death of the Virgin, painting by Caravaggio(Death of the Virgin, painting by Caravaggio)

Italian painting is abundantly in painting at Louvre Museum, being represented, with around 1100 works, 600 of which are permanently exhibited. Among these are many masterpieces by the greatest painters, including one that is probably the most famous painting in the world, Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. The Louvre also preserves four other works from the hand of the great master of the Renaissance, including his Saint John the Baptist and The Virgin, the Child Jesus and Saint Anne. More broadly, the collection of Primitives and painting of the Italian Renaissance includes works by Cimabue (Maestà), Lorenzo Monaco (Christ in the Garden of Olives), Giotto di Bondone, Fra Angelico, Paolo Uccello, Piero della Francesca, Pisanello, Filippo Lippi, Sandro Botticelli (including the frescoes of Villa Lemmi), Luca Signorelli, Antonello da Messina (including The Condottiere), Vittore Carpaccio, Giovanni Bellini, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Andrea Mantegna, seven paintings by Perugino, ten by Raphael, whose Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione, fourteen of Titian, including Pastoral Concert, some fifteen paintings by Veronese, including The Wedding at Cana, others of Tintoretto (including his Self-Portrait), of Sebastiano del Piombo, Andrea del Sarto, Lorenzo Lotto, The Correggio, Pontormo, Agnolo Bronzino, Parmigianino, Arcimboldo or Federico Barocci.

For the seventeenth century, there are works of all major painters, starting with Caravaggio, including three paintings are kept at the museum (The Fortune Teller, The Death of the Virgin and the Portrait of Alof Wignacourt), several Annibale Carracci, as well as Guido Reni, Guerchin, Domenichino, Peter of Cortona, Salvator Rosa and Luca Giordano.

The eighteenth century Italian is also well represented in its diversity, with an important place given to the Venetian and Roman schools. The section includes works by painters such as Giambattista Pittoni (Bacchus and Ariadne, The Continence of Scipio, Christ giving the keys of Paradise to St. Peter, Mars and Venus, Polyxena in front of the Achilles’ tomb, Suzanne and the elders, Allegorical Tomb of Archbishop John Tillotson), veducts by Canaletto and Francesco Guardi, paintings by Giambattista Tiepolo and his son Giandomenico, Sebastiano Ricci, Francesco Solimena and Giovanni Paolo Pannini.

Other schools

The Spanish collection (about one hundred and thirty paintings of which about sixty exhibited), smaller than the previous ones, nevertheless presents a selection of interesting works with some rare names. But there are especially all the great artists of the Golden Age like El Greco, Velasquez, Murillo, Ribera or Zurbarán. In addition, the Louvre has several paintings by Goya.

The collection of British and American paintings (about one hundred and twenty paintings), is composed of significant works of masters of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as William Hogarth, Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, Joseph Wright of Derby, John Constable, Richard Parkes Bonington and J.M.W. Turner, Gilbert Stuart.

Paintings from Scandinavian schools (about 45 works), Belgian, Austrian, Greek, Russian, Swiss and Portuguese are present despite a reduced collection.

The American school is also represented.

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