"Louvre - paintings" Louvre Tip by leffe3
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With more than 6000 paintings spread over the entire former palace complex, it is impossible to take it all in! You can walk miles and climb many stairs as you wonder from room to room, gasping at the sheer enormity of the collection and the representation of artists from the 13th century to 1848. It's a whose who of the history of (European) art.
Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa may be the main attraction, as highlighted by the depths of crowds surrounding the now fenced off artwork. But there are so many - and many kilometres separate, for example, Rembrandt from da Vinci.
Nearly two-thirds of the collection is by French artists and another 1200 Northern European. The Italian collection is predominantly from those of Francis I and Louis XIV - Francis having bought da Vinci to his court.
The collection was bigger. After the Musee d'Orsay opened in 1986, it was split, with all works after 1848 (the February Revolution) moved there. Makes life a lot easier! (Or not as there are 2 museums to visit rather than one!)
Address: 99 rue de Rivoli, Paris, France, 75058
Directions: Métro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre
Phone: +33 1 40 20 50 50
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