The paintings of Louvre Museum – French school
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 (The Crucifixion (1457-1459), Andrea Mantegna, tempera on wood) The Department of Paintings currently has about 7,500 paintings (of which 3,400 are exposed), covering a period that goes from the Middle Ages to 1848 (date of the beginning of the Second … Read More

Louvre Museum: Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities
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Egyptian Antiquities  (Sphinx of Amenemhat II, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Louvre_sphinx.jpg) The Department of Egyptian Antiquities was created on May 15, 1826, by royal decree of Charles X. He made Jean-François Champollion, who had just acquired the collection of the British consul Salt (4,000 … Read More

Louvre Museum: EL GRECO – Saint Louis, King of France, and a page
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This work is not currently visible in the Museum rooms Saint Louis, King of France is depicted standing, armor-plated, and bearing a crown of gold on his head. The bare arms emerge from the steel cuff. With his right hand … Read More

Louvre Museum: Quentin la Tour – Portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour
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Quentin La Tour (Maurice Quentin de La Tour) was an admirable pastelist and a great magician of color; nature had given him less fortunate in character. He was usually quinteux and whimsical. Very advanced in the doctrines of the Encyclopaedists, … Read More

Louvre Museum: Gerard Dow (Gerard Dou, Gerrit Dou) – The dropsical woman
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The interior of the rich Dutch bourgeois. In an armchair is seated a woman whose face expresses suffering. Kneeling beside her and holding her hand, her daughter looks at her with tears. Behind the seat a servant is leaning over … Read More

Louvre Museum: Simone Memmi (Simone Martini) – Jesus Christ walking on Calvary (The Carrying of the Cross)
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In Avignon, about the year 1330. On the blue screen of a summer sky, an enormous mass of walls and towers is prominent, through a network of scaffoldings. It is the Palace of the Popes which rises, under the active … Read More

Louvre Museum
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City: Paris Address: 99, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris Coordinates: 48°51’40” north, 2°20’09” east Date of opening: August 10, 1793 Collections: Oriental Antiquities, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities of the Louvre, Islamic Art, Sculptures, Objets d’art, Paintings, Graphic … Read More

Louvre Museum: Velazquez – Portrait of the Infanta Margarita
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Denon – 1 st floor – Painting in Spain in the 17th century – Room 30 It is said that Philip III, King of Spain, seeing from the windows of his palace a laughing man, said gravely: “Or this man … Read More

Louvre Museum: Rembrandt – Portrait of Heindrickje Stoffels
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Rembrandt’s name shines so brightly in the sky of art that one may wonder if the immortal author of the Night Watch is not the greatest painter the world has ever known. What is most surprising, however, is that he … Read More

Louvre Museum: Louis David – Madame Récamier
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DAVID is perhaps the most glorified and most disgraced of all painters. Born to the skies by his contemporaries, he was dragged to the grimonies by the next generation. The agreement was reached today on his work, thanks to the … Read More