30 Facts About Louvre


Nonetheless, the Louvre still topped the list of most-visited art museums in the world in 2021.

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Remnants of the Medieval Louvre fortress are visible in the basement of the museum.

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Louvre museum is located inside the Louvre Palace, in the center of Paris, adjacent to the Tuileries Gardens.

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Since its post-World War II reopening in 1946, the Louvre has been closed on Tuesdays, and habitually open to the public the rest of the week except for some holidays.

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Louvre Palace has been subject to numerous renovations since its construction.

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The royal move away from Paris resulted in the Louvre being used as a residence for artists, under Royal patronage.

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Meanwhile, the collections of the Louvre originated in the acquisitions of paintings and other artworks by the monarchs of the House of France.

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Louvre finally became a public museum during the French Revolution.

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For its display, he created another new section within the Louvre named, occupying a number of rooms in various parts of the building.

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Louvre narrowly escaped serious damage during the suppression of the Paris Commune.

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Meanwhile, during the Third Republic the Louvre acquired new artefacts mainly via donations, gifts, and sharing arrangements on excavations abroad.

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The Societe des amis du Louvre was established in 1897 and donated prominent works, such as the Pieta of Villeneuve-les-Avignon.

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In 1961, the Finance Ministry accepted to leave the Pavillon de Flore at the southwestern end of the Louvre building, as Verne had recommended in his 1920s plan.

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Main other initiative in the aftermath of the Grand Louvre project was Chirac's decision to create a new department of Islamic Art, by executive order of 1 August 2003, and to move the corresponding collections from their prior underground location in the Richelieu Wing to a more prominent site in the Denon Wing.

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Persian portion of Louvre contains work from the archaic period, like the Funerary Head and the Persian Archers of Darius I This section contains rare objects from Persepolis which were lent to the British Museum for its Ancient Persia exhibition in 2005.

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The Louvre holds masterpieces from the Hellenistic era, including The Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Venus de Milo, symbolic of classical art.

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The Louvre has been a repository of sculpted material since its time as a palace; however, only ancient architecture was displayed until 1824, except for Michelangelo's Dying Slave and Rebellious Slave.

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The Grand Louvre project separated the department into two exhibition spaces; the French collection is displayed in the Richelieu Wing, and foreign works in the Denon Wing.

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In September 2000, the Louvre Museum dedicated the Gilbert Chagoury and Rose-Marie Chagoury Gallery to display tapestries donated by the Chagourys, including a 16th-century six-part tapestry suite, sewn with gold and silver threads representing sea divinities, which was commissioned in Paris for Colbert de Seignelay, Secretary of State for the Navy.

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Louvre employs a staff of 2, 000 led by Director Jean-Luc Martinez, who reports to the French Ministry of Culture and Communications.

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Under Loyrette, who replaced Pierre Rosenberg in 2001, the Louvre has undergone policy changes that allow it to lend and borrow more works than before.

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From 2006 to 2009, the Louvre lent artwork to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, and received a $6.

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In March 2018, an exhibition of dozens of artworks and relics belonging to France's Louvre Museum was opened to visitors in Tehran, as a result of an agreement between Iranian and French presidents in 2016.

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Since 2019, the Louvre has maintained a large art storage and research facility in the Northern French town of Lievin, the Centre de conservation du Louvre, which is not open to the public.

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Louvre-Lens follows a May 2003 initiative by then culture minister Jean-Jacques Aillagon to promote cultural projects outside of Paris that would make the riches of major Parisian institutions available to a broader French public, including a satellite of the Louvre.

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The Louvre-Lens has been successful at attracting around 500, 000 visitors per year until the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Louvre is involved in controversies that surround cultural property seized under Napoleon I, as well as during World War II by the Nazis.

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The Louvre administration has thus argued in favor of retaining this item despite requests by Egypt for its return.

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In 2014, the Guggenheim's Director, Richard Armstrong, said that he believed that living conditions for the workers at the Louvre project were now good and that "many fewer" of them were having their passports confiscated.

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Louvre stated that the main issue then remaining was the recruitment fees charged to workers by agents who recruit them.

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