The Louvre - Resources for Art Lovers
Visit and find out about the Louvre Museum in Paris
The Louvre is a very large and famous museum in Paris. 9.72 million people visited the Louvre in 2012 - 3.5 million more than any other museum in the world. Some 10 million people are expected to visit in 2014.
If you are planning a visit - or would just like to be a virtual visitor - this is the site for you.
Housed in the Palais du Louvre in Paris
* the Louvre museum is vast and it's impossible to see all there is quickly.
* the new Louvre Website makes the museum more accessible - but is also huge!
What this site does is help you make some choices about what to see if you want to plan a visit. It makes resources on the website much more accessible and places them alongside other resource links and related books for art lovers - and actual and virtual visitors to this Paris museum.
You are now entering the Louvre.....
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This site has been awarded a purple star for INCREDIBLE CONTENT
If you want to see everything you must walk 14 kilometers (8 miles)
The Louvre Museum - official website / social media - Including links to the official Facebook and Twitter accounts
Below you can find links to different parts of the vast Louvre website.
A lot of people just find searching for the button which converts the website to English quite enough of a challenge!
- Louvre Museum Official Website
The official site of the Louvre Museum (Paris, France) : Collection & Departments, Exhibitions, Guided Tours, Virtual Tours, Calendar, History of the Louvre, Gardens, Concerts, Lectures & Symposia, Readings & Performances, Opening Hours
- The History of the Louvre: From Chteau to Museum | Louvre Museum
The Louvre, in its successive architectural metamorphoses, has dominated central Paris since the late 12th century. Built on the city's western edge, the original structure was gradually engulfed as the city grew. The dark fortress of the early days
- Another Way to Visit the Louvre.... | Louvre Museum
Visit the museum's exhibition rooms and galleries, contemplate the faades of the Louvre....Come along on a virtual tour and enjoy the view, thanks to the sponsorship of Shiseido. A QuickTime plug-in is required (version 5 or later).
- Thirty-Five Thousand Works of Art | Louvre Museum
The Muse du Louvre houses 35,000 works of art drawn from eight departments, displayed in over 60,000 square meters of exhibition space dedicated to the permanent collections. Explore the works on display, taking a thematic or cross-departmental appro
- Interactive Floor Plans
Diagrams of the exterior and interior
- Exploring the Museum on Your Own | Muse du Louvre
The Louvre Web site offers a number of thematic trails designed to give you an overview of the scope and richness of the museum's collections. Each trail is based on a selection of works that typify a period, an artistic movement, or a theme.They can
- Muse du Louvre | Facebook
Welcome to the official Facebook Page about Muse du Louvre. Join Facebook to start connecting with Muse du Louvre.
- Twitter - MuseeLouvre
The pyramids have celebrated their 20th birthday
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The most popular art museum in the world - in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012
The Louvre is visited by more people each year than any other art museum in the world
9,720,260 visited in 2012
8.8 million visited in 2011
8.5 million visited in 2008, 2009 and 20010!
The Louvre rounds its visitor numbers and does not reveal exact visitor numbers raising some doubt over exactly how many they do get.
- The Art Newspaper | Exhibition& museum attendance figures 2011
Exhibition & museum attendance figures 2011 (PDF FILE)
- BBC News - Louvre in Paris tops most visited art venue poll
The Louvre in Paris was the most visited art museum last year, according to the Art Newspaper.
- The World’s Most-Visited Museums | NewsFeed | TIME.com
It's no surprise that the Louvre has yet again claimed the title of the world's most-visited museum-it's only the home of the world's most popular woman: Mona Lisa. The Paris museum drew a record 8.
- Louvre Retains Position as World's Most-Visited Art Museum - International Business Times
Paris-based Louvre Museum has reinstated its position as the most-visited art museum in the world with a record 8.8 million visitors last year.
BOOKS: About the Louvre - books on Amazon
The Louvre is huge - with four levels, more than 30,000 works of art and some 645,000 square feet dedicated to exhibitions. However you don't want a huge guide when trying to find your way around. This pocket guide provides a handy user's guide, providing all the necessary information about access to the museum plus * suggested itineraries for visits of varying lengths and for visitors with differing interests* a history of the Louvre's long and colorful existence* a history of the collections* an illustrated catalog of 500 masterpieces, all in color
Convenient compact format makes these books particularly handy to take along as a guide while viewing the great works featured within.
Focuses on the masterpieces of the Louvre Museum. An engaging find-the-detail game draws children into 24 works of art while lift-the-flap keys reveal the solutions.
80 percent of the people only want to see the Mona Lisa
Crowds around the Venus de Milo
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...and more crowds around the Mona Lisa
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But look! No crowds around this da Vinci right next door!
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Mobile Apps for The Louvre - software to access the Louvre collection and information about the museum
Muse du Louvre official application
- Muse du Louvre for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store
Learn more, read reviews, and download Muse du Louvre by Muse du Louvre on the iTunes App Store.
Paintings in the Louvre
The key to enjoying a visit to the Louvre is knowing what paintings it has in its collection and where they are!
- Paintings in the Louvre
The Department of Paintings reflects the encyclopedic scope of the Louvre, encompassing every European school from the 13th century to 1848. The collection is overseen by twelve curators, who are among the most renowned experts in their field.
- Introduction to paintings in the Louvre
The Louvre's collection of Italian and Spanish paintings occupies the entire first floor of the Denon wing; French and Northern schools, arranged in chronological order, take up the entire second floor of the Cour Carre and the Richelieu wing. This i
- Paintings - selected works
205 selected works
- French paintings - 81 selected works
French Painting - The Louvre's collection of French paintings is unrivaled anywhere in the world, with an extraordinary range of works from the 13th to the 19th centuries, including pictures by Fouquet, Poussin, Le Brun, Watteau, Boucher, Chardin, Da
- Italian Painting - 46 selected works
Dating back to the reign of Francis I of France, the Italian paintings constitute the Louvre's oldest extant collection, with works representing 700 years of Italian art: Giotto, Botticelli, Mantegna, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Veronese, Car
- Ducth painting - 32 selected works
Dutch Painting - The extensive collection of Dutch works offers a comprehensive overview of genre paintings, portraits, landscapes and still lifes by prestigious painters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Ruysdael and Heda.
- Flemish painting - 21 selected works
Flemish Painting - The remarkable series of primitive works by Van Eyck, Van der Weyden, Bouts and Memling, as well as series of works by Rubens, Van Dyck, and Jordaens, are the highlights in this comprehensive panorama of Flemish painting from the 1
BOOK: Louvre: Portrait of a Museum
"Louvre" is the first book to explore the inner workings of the world''s most popular museum, department by department, from its 13th century origins to its ongoing transformation.
From Mona Lisa's smile to Napoleon's plundered treasures and I. M. Pei's controversial glass pyramid, Louvre: Portrait of a Museum presents one of the world's greatest and most popular museums not as a sum of its masterpieces, but as a living, changing institution that reflects the artistic, political, and social history of the western world. It features 650 magnificent reproductions, previously unpublished archival plans and documents, and lively essays on the museum's history and collections.
This is a reprint of the original edition
BOOK/DVD: The Louvre: All the Paintings - Hardcover + DVD
For the first time ever, every painting from the world's most popular museum is available in one stunning book. All 3,022 paintings on display in the permanent painting collection of the Louvre are presented in full color in this striking, slipcased book. Comes with an enclosed, supportive DVD-ROM.
The DVD-ROM is easily browsable by artist, date, school, art historical genre, or location in the Louvre. This last feature allows readers to tour the Louvre and its contents room by room, as if they were actually walking through the building.
DVD-ROM System Requirements: DVD-ROM runs on a PC (Windows 2000/XP or later) and MAC (OSX 10.4.8 or later) running the following browser software Internet Explorer 7 or 8; Firefox 3.6 and above; or Safari 5.0 and above
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers; annotated edition edition (November 15, 2011)784 pages
BOOKS: Paintings in the Louvre - books on Amazon
This lavishly illustrated book provides a wonderful panorama of 4000 years of painting history all selected and reproduced in its pages by one of the most celebrated art photographers of our time. The book includes introductory texts and descriptive captions of the paintings chosen for inclusion.
Groundbreaking in its comprehensiveness and its reproduction quality, Paintings in the Louvre includes more than 800 European paintings, the most important masterpieces from the greatest collection in the world. 900 full-color illustrations.
400 Masterpiecesshowcases a selection of works from this great institution, from the most famous—theVenus de MiloandMona Lisa—to lesser-known gems. nbsp; With a foreword by the institution’s director, Henri Loyrette, the book is organized according to the museum’s eight departments: Near Eastern Antiquities; Egyptian Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculptures; Decorative Arts; Paintings; and Prints and Drawings. The ninth and final chapter tells the history of this one time imperial palace as seen through its architecture. With its appealing format and carefully selected images, many newly photographed,Louvre: 400 Masterpiecesis the perfect book for museum visitors, art lovers, and Francophiles.
This beautiful volume is packed with works from all of the Louvre’s many departments. Each painting or sculpture is shown in its entirety and in detail, to highlight the canine presence, and is accompanied by short, illuminating commentary. The book opens with a preface in which the prize-winning author draws upon his own personal experiences with man’s most loyal companions. Dogs in the Louvre provides a delightfully unusual tour of the most visited gallery in the world, and invites the reader to engage in a fresh way with some of its perennially inspiring themes.
Exhibitions at the Louvre
Intrestingly although the Louvre is the most popular art museum by a very long way, the Louvre does not tend to host the top art exhibitions.
The top exhibition at the Louvre in 2010 was "Holy Russia: Russian Art" which attracted a total of 263,308 visitors. It ranked as the 20th most popular exhibition in the world.
- Paris 1400 - Les arts sous Charles VI | Paris 1400: Art during the reign of Charles VI
This exhibition brings together 270 works in a range of media and techniques, demonstrating the extraordinary heights of artistic production in Paris in the 1400s-in particular the period's illuminated manscripts and fabulous objects in enameled gold
- Masters of European Drawing from the 16th to the 20th Century | Louvre Museum
In addition to its many splendid examples of French drawing from the 17th to the 19th century, this collection also includes outstanding works from abroad, notably from Germany, Britain, Denmark and Italy.
- The Motais de Narbonne Collection - French and Italian paintings of the 17th and 18th centuries | Lo
Since the early 1980s Hlna and Guy Motais de Narbonne, Paris art lovers closely connected to the Muse du Louvre, have been passionately committed to building up a remarkably unified collection.25th March 2010 to 21st June 2010
- Antoine Watteau and the art of engraving | Louvre Museum
A hundred engravings from the oeuvre of Antoine Watteau, mostly from the Edmond de Rothschild collection, illustrate the art of engraving in the 18th century.
- The Louvre to show Antoine Watteau and The Art of Engraving | Art Knowledge News
The Louvre to show Antoine Watteau and The Art of Engraving opens 7 July.
- Antiquity Rediscovered - European Art between the Antique and Reinvention, 1720-1790 | Louvre Museum
The "neoclassical" trend emerged in the 18th century not only as a result of the processes of innovation and emulation, but also in response to Europe's rediscovery of its ancient heritage.
VIDEO: Panorama of the Louvre and Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel - my video shot in September 2009
This is how big the Louvre is - and is why it takes sooooooooo long to get all the way round!
This is the video I shot on my visit to the Louvre in Paris in September 2009. I'm at the Tulieries Garden doing a slow revolve which illustrates just how big this museum in a former palace really is
Where is the Louvre in Paris? - The Louvre on Google Maps
The Musee du Louvre is in the centre of Paris right next to the River Seine and the Jardins des Tuileries
The Louvre - practical information for the visitor
The address of the Louvre is Muse du Louvre, 75058 Paris cedex 01, FRANCE
- How to Get Here | Louvre Museum
MtroPalais-Royal-Muse du Louvre station.BusThe following bus lines stop in front of the Pyramid: 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95, and the Paris Open Tour bus.Includes a map of its location and entrances
- Hours | Louvre Museum
The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (rooms begin closing at 5:30) every day except Tuesday and the following holidays: January 1st, May 1st and December 25, 2009. The permanent collection and temporary exhibitions will close at 5 p.m. on Decembe
- General Admission Fees | Louvre Museum
€9This ticket provides full-day access to the Louvre, except for temporary exhibitions in the Hall Napolon. Itis also valid for the Muse Eugne Delacroix.€6(from 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.)This ticketprovides access to the Louvre, except f...
- Free Admission | Muse du Louvre
Admission to the Louvre and the Muse Eugne Delacroix is free for the following (valid ID required):
- Advance Tickets | Muse du Louvre
Buy your ticket ahead of time and avoid the lines in front of the Pyramid and at the ticket windows.Tickets sold in advance cannot be picked up at the Louvre.Tickets are valid every day of the year (except Tuesday, when the museum is closed, and on c
- At Your Service | Louvre Museum
The Louvre has a wide range of aids and amenities to ensure your visit is fruitful, from floor plans, audio guides, and program listings to cafs, media centers, and a bookstore.
- Online Tickets & Shop | Louvre Museum
To avoid waiting in line, you can buy your ticket in advance online. Tickets are valid every day except Tuesdays (when the museum is closed) and certain public holidays. Advance tickets cannot be picked up at the museum.
- Les boutiques de muses - Louvre Museum
This is the Museum shop - which also operates online
- Disabled Visitors : Frequently Asked Questions | Muse du Louvre
Frequently Asked Questions* How do I get to the Louvre?* How can wheelchair users access the Pyramid?* Where can I borrow a wheelchair?* What sort of print materials are available at the information desk under the Pyramid?* How can wheelchair users a
- Groups: General conditions for groups | Muse du Louvre
All group visits to the museum must be booked in advance. This enables us to schedule groups throughout the day, thereby avoiding overcrowding. Groups of up to twenty-five are admitted (twenty for the Department of Decorative Arts and temporary exhib
Pyramide du Louvre by I. M. Pei
The Louvre Pyramids by I M Pei - in the main courtyard (Cour Napolon) of the Louvre Palace
The Pyramids form a new visitor entrance to the Louvre Museum complex, connecting elegantly to expanded galleries below the courtyards. They were constructed in 1989
- Pyramide du Louvre - I. M. Pei - Great Buildings Online
Pyramide du Louvre by I. M. Pei architect, at Paris, France, 1989, in the Great Buildings Online.
- Louvre Pyramid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Louvre Pyramid (Pyramide du Louvre) is a large glass and metal pyramid, surrounded by three smaller pyramids, in the main courtyard
Friends of the Louvre
- Socit des Amis du Louvre | Muse du Louvre
The association continues to pursue its original mission to enrich the museum's collections. Since it was founded, the Socit des Amis du Louvre has purchased 704 works of art for the museum's eight curatorial departments. Many of these are among the
- American Friends of the Louvre | Muse du Louvre
The mission of American Friends of the Louvre is to strengthen ties between the Louvre and its American public and to raise awareness and financial support in the United States for the Louvre. American Friends of the Louvre is an American non-profit
BOOK: The Judgement of Paris - Manet, Meissonier and an artistic revolution
I now want to go back and take another look at all a painting by Meissonier which I noticed while walking through the galleries of French paintings!
This book is an absolutely fasinating read which provides useful context for understanding the change in French art in the second half of the nineteenth century
The theft of the Mona Lisa - on 21 August 1911
- Mona Lisa Was Stolen
It was unbelievable -- someone stole the most famous painting in the world. Follow this two year long caper that shocked the world.
- The Independent | The cheek! From hapless chancers to masters of audacity
A century ago today, an Italian stuck the Mona Lisa up his smock and started a global underworld trendWhen an Italian decorator called Vincenzo Peruggia walked out of the Louvre with the world's most famous painting under his smock a century ago toda
- Stealing Mona Lisa | Style | Vanity Fair
The shocking theft of the Mona Lisa, in August 1911, appeared to have been solved 28 months later, when the painting was recovered. In an excerpt from their new book, the authors suggest that the audacious heist concealed a perfect—and far more lucra
The Crimes of Paris - A True Story of Murder, Theft, and Detection
On August 21, 1911, came a crime like none other: Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. In The Crimes of Paris, Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler tell the gripping story of the theft and the investigation that followed.
- Bloomberg: Louvre's 8.5 Million Visitors Keep It as No. 1 Museum Worldwide
March 30 (Bloomberg) -- The Louvre in Paris and the British Museum in London were the world's most visited museums last year, drawing 8.5 million and 5.93 million people respectively, the Art Newspaper said in an annual ranking.The Louvre was also in
- New York Times - On a Mission to Loosen Up the Louvre By CAROL VOGEL Published: October 9, 2009
an interview with Henri Loyrette, the Louvre's director - on the Louvre and plans for expansion
- Louvre Director Strives to Expand and Re-Brand the Museum - ARTINFO.com
Henri Loyrette has won both critics and admirers for his plans to build an endowment, expand to Abu Dhabi, and open a new wing for Islamic art.
- The Art Newspaper - France's big splash vs Britain's slow infiltration
Ever since the Guggenheim opened in Bilbao, museums have started to go global. Two of the world's top museum directors explain their foreign policy
- Louvre - The New York Times
News about the Louvre. Commentary and archival information about the Louvre from The New York Times.
- New York Times - Transforming the Louvre in Uncertain Times
Over the past six years, the Louvre museum has undergone a transformation that has fundamentally changed the way it operates. This allowed it to score successes ranging from important acquisitions to the most spectacular rise in attendance anywhere i
Articles about Louvre Exhibitions
- Louvre Opens a Major Retrospective of the Great Renaissance Master ~ Andrea Mantegna | Art Knowledge
The Louvre's major retrospective of the work of one of great masters of the Italian Renaissance: Andrea Mantegna. On exhibition 26th September through 5th January, 2009.
- Cy Twombly ~ Third Contemporary Artist Invited to Install a Permanent Work at the Louvre | Art Knowl
Cy Twombly -Third Contemporary Artist Invited to Install a Permanent Work at the Louvre.
- The Louvre opens Holy Russia: Russian Art from the Beginnings to Peter the Great | Art Knowledge New
The Louvre opens Holy Russia: Russian Art from the Beginnings to Peter the Great. On exhibition 5 March through 24 June, 2010.
Blogging about the Louvre
- Making a Mark: The Louvre Museum in Paris
Initially I've just focused on paintings - and I've highlighted some of the collections. However there is a lot more to the Louvre than paintings. I think of it as being what you would get if you merged the British Museum and the National Gallery in
- Travels with a Sketchbook in.......: A Day in the Muse du Louvre
I find the Louvre to be a complete maze and I always get lost in it. It's difficult to get to grips with just how big the Louvre really is, how difficult it can be to navigate or how utterly frustrating this can be on occasion!
- Le Louvre des Familles
Dernirement, j’ai dcouvert une petite merveille : la carte Louvre Familles. Je vous entends d’ici : encore une carte, j’en ai plein mon portefeuille !. Alors j’ai dcid de tenir ce blog, et je vais vous prouver que cette carte est un trsor que vous de
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