• The Louvre Museum

    During my long weekend visit to Paris this week, I went to the Louvre, which is the world’s most visited art museum and a historic monument. 



    Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 19th century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres holding a vast collection of work including works painted by such French masters as Achille Michallon and Jacques Blanchard.
    At the museum was also the famous portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocond painted by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci. The painting has been acclaimed to be the best known, the most visited, written about, sung about and most parodied work of art in the world...which is clear after seeing the surprising crowd of people and security guards surrounding it.

    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. It was great to see, and encouraging to think about seeing such a vast collection of work inspired by culture.
    What I was quite interested in too, was learning much more about the French revolution, which during this time the Louvre was transformed into a public museum. It was declared by the Assembly during this time that the Louvre would be "a place for bringing together monuments of all the sciences and arts”.