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Musee du Louvre, Paris, France


First built as a fortress before transforming seamlessly into a royal palace, the Louvre sits defiantly on the right bank of the river Seine. After becoming the seat of the French kings in the twelfth century, subsequent monarchs expanded the complex, transforming the ancient fortress into a comfortable and habitable residence. In the sixteenth century the vast lands to the west of the Louvre were turned into a private residence, the Tuileries palace, which existed until the Paris Commune of 1871. The empty lands were quickly turned into a luscious garden, forming the current Jardin des Tuileries. Yet long before the revolutionary upheavals of the nineteenth century the Louvre had lost most of its symbolic presense as the seat of royal authority, allowing for it to escape unscathed by the city-wide riots that coincided with the French Revolution of 1789. In a fine example of Romantic idealism, the revolutionaries took the opportunity to turn the Louvre into a national museum for the people, and the appropriated space was re-opened in February 1794. Filled with a vast array of works that had been seized by the authorities from exiled or executed aristocratics, the Louvre became the home of European painting.

At the height of the Napoleonic Wars, some years after the inauguration of the complex as a musuem, the authorities had the idea of constructing a pyramid in the courtyard of the Louvre as a testament to the global outlook of the French nation and in light of the influx of Egyptian antiquities that had arrived fresh from Napoleon's african exploits. But it was not until 1983, under the presidency of François Mitterrand, that the project was initiated, finally being completed in 1989. Today, the pyramid is the symbolic heart of the Musée du Louvre.

Organized into eight departments, the Louvre boasts over 35,000 works in 60,600 m² of room space, bringing together a variety of media, from paintings to sculpture, and from Rococco ceramics to archeological treasures. Housing such examples of the world's cultural heritage as the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael's La Belle Jardiniere and the Portrait of Francis I by Titian, the Louvre has become an enigmatic gem in the heartland of Western europe. Welcoming a stunning 8.3 million visitors each year, the Musée du Louvre is the institutional equivalent of Eugène Delacroix's painting Liberty Leading the People: a ubiquitous remnant of revolutionary idealism.

Buffoon Playing a Lute painting reproduction, Frans Hals
Gabrielle d'Estrees and One of Her Sisters painting reproduction, Fontainebleau
Head of John the Baptist painting reproduction, Andrea Solario
Buffoon Playing a Lute
Frans Hals
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Gabrielle d'Estrees and One of Her Sisters
Fontainebleau
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Head of John the Baptist
Andrea Solario
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Liberty Leading the People painting reproduction, Eugene Delacroix
Oath of the Horatii painting reproduction, Jacques-Louis David
Oedipus and the Sphinx painting reproduction, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
Liberty Leading the People
Eugene Delacroix
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Oath of the Horatii
Jacques-Louis David
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Oedipus and the Sphinx
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
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Orphan Girl at the Cemetery painting reproduction, Eugene Delacroix
Philosopher in Meditation painting reproduction, Rembrandt Van Rijn
Portrait of an Old Man with a Young Boy painting reproduction, Domenico Ghirlandaio
Orphan Girl at the Cemetery
Eugene Delacroix
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Philosopher in Meditation
Rembrandt Van Rijn
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Portrait of an Old Man with a Young Boy
Domenico Ghirlandaio
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Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Pipe painting reproduction, Vincent Van Gogh
The Astronomer painting reproduction, Jan Vermeer
The Crucifixion with Two Donors painting reproduction, El Greco
Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Pipe
Vincent Van Gogh
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The Astronomer
Jan Vermeer
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The Crucifixion with Two Donors
El Greco
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The Marquesa de la Solana painting reproduction, Francisco De Goya
The Molo: Seen from the Basin of San Marco painting reproduction, Canaletto
The Money Lender and His Wife painting reproduction, Quentin Massys
The Marquesa de la Solana
Francisco De Goya
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The Molo: Seen from the Basin of San Marco
Canaletto
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The Money Lender and His Wife
Quentin Massys
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The Tree of Crows painting reproduction, Caspar David Friedrich
Young Man Beside the Sea painting reproduction, Hippolyte Flandrin
The Tree of Crows
Caspar David Friedrich
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Young Man Beside the Sea
Hippolyte Flandrin
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