Visiting the Louvre museum in Paris (part 2)

Good morning everyone !

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As I told you in a previous post, here is the second part of the pictures I took during my visit of the Louvre museum in Paris (you can find the first part about the Egyptian department here). But first, maybe a bit history, what do you think ?

So, the Louvre Museum is the world’s largest museum and it was the world’s most-attended museum in 2015. Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited.

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IMG_9047The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, which was originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century under Philip II. It was during the French Revolution that the National Assembly decreed that the Louvre should be used as a museum to display the nation’s masterpieces. It opened on the 10th of August 1793, with an exhibition of 537 paintings, the majority of the works being royal and confiscated church property.

The collection grew bigger under Napoleon who renamed the Museum “Musée Napoléon”, but the works of art he took were returned to their original owners after his abdication.

Under Louis XVIII and Charles X, and under the Second French Empire, the museum’s collection grew even more, with 20’000 new pieces.

Today, the collection is divided among eight curatorial departments: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; Prints and Drawings.

Now here are some the pictures I took, enjoy !

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