The Louvre, originally a palace but now one of the largest and most visited museums in the world, is a must-visit for anyone with a slight interest in art. Some of the museum's most famous works of art are the Mona Lisa and the Venus of Milo.
Originally a royal palace, the Louvre became a public museum at the end of the 18th century. It is located in the 1st arrondissement,
Venus of Milo
at the heart of Paris.
There are about 35.000 objects on display, spread out over three wings of the former palace. The museum has a diverse collection ranging from the antiquity up to the mid 19th century. A large part of the collection consists of European paintings and sculptures. Other rooms contain Roman, Egyptian, Greek and Oriental art. There is also a section with 'Objects d'Art', where objects such as clocks, furniture, china and tapestries are displayed.
Some of the most famous works of art in the museum are the Venus of Milo, the Nike of Samothrake, the Dying Slave by Michelangelo and of course Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.
History of the Louvre
The Louvre was created in several phases.
Louvre seen from across
Originally built as a 12th century fortress, it was converted into a royal palace in the 14th century.
Its current appearance goes back to the 15th century, when the original fortress was demolished and the wing along the Seine river was built. The palace was extended during the 16th century by architect Pierre Lescot, who expanded the palace into a complex with two courtyards. A decade later Catharina de Medici added the Tuileries palace to the west of the Louvre. Construction on the Louvre was halted for some time when king Louis XIV decided to move to the Versailles Palace.
In the 19th century, during the Second Empire, the Louvre was expanded again with the addition of the Richelieu wing.
The Louvre now had four symmetric wings surrounding a large courtyard. This would not last long, as the Communards burned the Tuileries palace in 1871, opening up the west side of the palace.
The collection of the Louvre Museum was first established in the 16th century by King Francis I. One of the works of art he purchased was the now famous Mona Lisa painting. The collection grew steadily thanks to donations and purchases by the kings. In 1793, during the French Revolution, the private royal collection opened to the public.
The most recent addition to the Louvre was the
construction of the glass pyramid, which functions as the museum's main entrance. The pyramid was built in 1989 by the renowned American architect I.M. Pei. The glass pyramid allows the sunlight to come in on the underground floor.
The modern addition originally received mixed reviews, as it contrasts sharply with the classical design of the surrounding buildings, but today it is generally accepted as a clever solution which has given the museum a spacious central entrance without the need to touch the historic patrimony.
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devimeuxbe (58557) 2012-06-10 1:35
very beautifull vision on The Louve. You get a beautifull light. Great sharpness.
lregoli (491) 2012-06-10 1:41
Very interesting angle. I've never seen this POV before and I find it really nice. Also, your picture shows a very good balance of the colors and the light, with a perfect exposure. TFS!
gildasjan (43824) 2012-06-10 1:50
Une trčs bonne image de Paris prise sous un bon angle.L'architecture est bien mise en valeur sous ce beau ciel bleu.
siudzi (34141) 2012-06-10 2:28
Beautiful image of this well-known symbol of Paris. Very pleasant and charming presentation with good light and tones management. Well done! TFS.
GiovanniG (3637) 2012-06-10 4:52
Fantastic capture with great details and color. Your point of view is stunning! Bravo!
Sergiom (87179) 2012-06-10 5:20
J'aime beaucoup ce point de vue au ras de la Seine qui donne toute une perspective sur le Louvre et lui donne une belle ampleur. Le ciel et le pont complčtent admirablement l'ensemble.
dta (81604) 2012-06-10 6:31
Hello Csaba ,
A superb presentation of the famous french museum . The POV and teh composition are excellent , and the sky is splendid .
asajernigan (21427) 2012-06-10 7:00
This is a great shot of this famous building. The bridge leads the eye to the building perfectly creating a diagonal through the shot. The lighting is great and the photo has excellent sharpness and detail.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-06-10 12:19
a beautiful composition and stunning image. Amazing clarity and sharpness that makes everything stand out so superbly. It is a real quality image that you have executed and presented perfectly. Bravo!
Regards - Brian.
francio64 (39888) 2012-06-11 12:04
bella immagine del Louvre con la Senna in FG ad arricchire la composizione, dando anche profonditŕ.
Luce ben gestita e bei colori.
baddori (20159) 2012-06-11 18:40
Ponte ed il Louvre castello o palazzo imponente, certamente il piů famoso museo.
La ripresa premia la prospettiva diagonale del ponte e la orizzontale della maestosa imponenza .
- Copyright: Csaba Witz (csabagaba) (6636)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-05-12
- Categories: Castles, Architecture
- Camera: Sony Alpha 200, sigma 18-125mm f/3,5-5,6 DC, Soligor Blueline UV 62mm
- Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-06-10 1:29