The Louvre’s New Islamic Galleries
It consists of ground- and lower-ground-level interior spaces topped by a golden, undulating roof that seems to float within the Neo-Classical Visconti Courtyard in the middle of the Louvre’s south wing, right below the museum’s most popular galleries, where the Mona Lisa and Veronese’s “Wedding Feast of Cana” are hung.
This deftly engineered design is the work of two architects, the Italian Mario Bellini and the Frenchman Rudy Ricciotti, who won an international competition.
When the plans were first unveiled, the architects said, the roof resembled a “a scarf floating within the space” a somewhat loaded description, perhaps, considering that last year the French officially banned full veils in public places.
The museum’s “luminous veil,” or “flying carpet” as it has also been called, covers some 30,000 square feet of gallery space on the ground and lower floors. The new galleries, roughly four times as large as the space previously devoted to Islamic art at the Louvre, house a collection spanning 1,200 years of history, from the 7th through the 19th centuries, and includes glass works, ceramics, metalwork, books, manuscripts, textiles and carpets.
Delicate manuscripts and textiles are displayed in the lower-floor galleries, where there is no natural light, while vitrines upstairs display stone sculptures, glassware and metalwork. (These angled glass cabinets — the work of the architect and museum designer Renaud Piérard allow art and artifacts to be seen from all angles. “It is very important to have perception of objects, their shapes, their profiles and not to hang them like pictures against a wall,” Ms. Makariou said.)
I am very interested in Islamic Art and modern museums, so when in Paris I realized that this exhibition will be open at the public the day I flied back to Argentina, I felt really happy, I was there at the morning with lots of time to enjoy and explore both, exhibition (new ways to present the works in glass cabinets)and the light given by the artistic roof that kept changing with the sunbeams
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bukitgolfb301 (33776) 2012-09-25 16:29
Hi Hola Maria
Yes I agree with you, Islamic art is very interseting and also artstic. This is very interesting snap shot to preserve good atmosphere inside museum. Slow shutter speed makes good taste with good daylight. Thanks for your sharing with best job and have a good day!
Takero from Tokyo
aliabazari (10530) 2012-09-25 18:48
A good sign. Exposure and colors are good. Composition and great depth.
Thank you for registering for this beautiful picture.
danos (80977) 2012-09-25 22:07
nice the view of this section of the Islamic art in Louvre's Museum.I like the texture of the sceiling as the excellent light and colour management of the image.
fabbs99 (14521) 2012-09-26 1:13
Excellent shot from the Louvre.Nice image, sharp with good details, well saturated colors and nice composition. The shot is simple but having excellent sharpness and clarity .Well done.
Keep sharing and exchanging views.
Best wishes and warm regards
mohammad_H (8168) 2012-09-26 12:04
Eye view of the Museum
Good camera angle
Good resolution, sharp images, colors
Have a nice evening
jlbrthnn (79791) 2012-09-26 16:17
La presentación de esta exposición es muy elaborado y divertido de ver. Me gusta el encuadre, y la calidad técnica. Bravo.
josepmarin (57281) 2012-09-27 10:00
veo que has visitado París, una ciudad que merece la pena y que yo todavía no he tenido la suerte de conocer. Pero lo haré algún día, sin duda.
Me gusta la espontaneidad y la frescura de esta dinámica escena dentro del museo, que has captado con solvencia y buen hacer, obteniendo un buen resultado fotográfico.
La exposición es correcta, y junto a la calidad de la imagen y del color has podido crear una composición interesante y atractiva.
Buen trabajo, y bienvenida de nuevo.
ourania (22900) 2012-09-27 13:53
a well composed comprehensive view into a gallery of the Louvre Museum displaying some exquisite samples of Islamic art. We get a great idea of the architecture, the works of art, the atmosphere, and the interest of the visitors who seem fascinated. There's a very intriguing sense of depth and perspective in this composition which consists of so many diverse elements.
Clarity, light management and rendering of colours and textures are wonderful. Congratulations and thank you! I like very much the way you describe your experience there, talking about exploration.
All the best, have a great day,
adramad (33662) 2012-09-28 14:17
Magnifica vista de esta seccion de arte islamico del Louvre, la buena calidad de la imagen nos permite ver con claridad la buena disposicion de las piezas y el optimo entorno donde se muestra.
Muy buen POV y calidad.
Buen fin de semana.
Didi (53453) 2012-10-05 14:34
Intéressante scène j'apprécie l'attitude des visiteurs surtout les deux Gothics Japonaises :)
Bonne gestion des lumières.
J'apprends que sur d'autres sites tu es une photographe pro :)
batalay (34147) 2012-10-05 22:26
I love the composition in this photo, with the visitors enjoying the exhibition under a ceiling with featuring curves and geometric patterns. The subdued colors of the background accentuate the rich brown of the door.
Warm regards, Maria. I just came back from a lengthy working vacation and hope to post a sampling of images from the trip.
jmdias (50405) 2013-05-22 16:12
cuando he visitado este museo no he tenido tiempo para conocer todas las partes, es algo tan grande que estava siempre caminando para mirar todo.
muy buena vista de esta parte del museo, me gusta la presencia de las personas y las obras de arte con una Buena luz y buena definicion. GPC.
jcpix (9324) 2014-02-03 14:08
Salut mon ami du Sud,
It's a pity we didn't know each other long before now, I just realized the date you took this photo I was also in Paris. How great would it have been to meet in a place we both enjoy so very much! :)
Although I generally don't have a lot of interest in museums, the Louvre is undeniably an outstanding attraction and well worth a visit at any time. I'm glad you were able to see the exhibit you wanted before flying home.
Wise use of the textured and patterned ceiling to create a solid base, cutting across the top portion of the frame, as if holding the art displays in place. Very good for a hand held shot too, the slight blur of the gentleman in passing gives the scene some additional life in motion. A proper white balance also has everything, and everyone, appearing natural. Très bien fait mademoiselle! :-) Enjoy your evening.
- Copyright: Maria Ocampos (nikkitta) (11230)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-09-22
- Categories: Architecture
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/30 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION I [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-25 15:40