Christian Author: Nancy W. Boyer

History

ART: History and Building of the Louvre

Take your walking shoes…for it is a long….long way around the Louvre.  Just as Rome was not built in a day…neither was the amazing Louvre in Paris, France.  Below is a short history and a video that explains the building of the Louvre under the many kings of France. It is worth your time, especially if you may not be able to get to France in the near future.  The miles of walking will be saved and you will be richer by knowing the artists and paintings that grace the Louvre’s walls.  The building itself is a work of art as well as the many sculptures from around the world.

When my husband and I were fortunate to visit the Louvre, my favorite paintings were by Rubin.  This may have been because I worked my way through college at another fine art museum in South Carolina that has some Rubins as part of their fantastic collection.  Perhaps a visit to this museum will be closer to your home if you live in the United States. This museum’s collection is also worth your visit.

From Boyer Writes, enjoy the following!

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SHORT HISTORY:  “The Louvre or the Louvre Museum (FrenchMusée du Louvre,) is the world’s largest art museum and monument in Paris, France. A central landmark of the city, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine… Approximately 38,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of  782,910 sq.ft. The Louvre in 2016 was the world’s most visited art museum with 7.2 million visitors.   The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century under Philip II.  Remnants of the fortress are visible in the basement of the museum. Due to the urban expansion of the city, the fortress eventually lost its defensive function and, in 1546, was converted by Francis I into the main residence of the French Kings. The building was extended many times to form the present Louvre Palace. In 1682, LouisXIV chose the Palace of Versailles for his household, leaving the Louvre primarily as a place to display the royal collection, including, from 1692, a collection of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. In 1692, the building was occupied by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres and the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, which in 1699 held the first of a series of salons. The Académie remained at the Louvre for 100 years.

inside Louvre in ParisDuring the French Revolution, the National Assembly decreed that the Louvre should be used as a museum to display the nation’s masterpieces. The museum opened on 10 August 1793 with an exhibition of 537 paintings, the majority of the works being royal and confiscated church property. Because of structural problems with the building, the museum was closed in 1796 until 1801. The collection was increased under Napoleon and the museum renamed Musée Napoléon, but after Napoleon’s abdication, many works seized by his armies were returned to their original owners. The collection was further increased during the reigns of  Louis XVIII and Charles X.  During the Second French Empire, the museum gained 20,000 pieces. Holdings have grown steadily through donations and bequests since the Third Republic.  The collection is divided among eight curatorial departments:  Egyptian AntiquitiesNear Eastern AntiquitiesGreekEtruscan and Roman AntiquitiesIslamic ArtSculptureDecorative Arts; Paintings; Prints and Drawings.” 

( taken from Wikipedia)

VIDEO on the Louvre   (Turn up sound)