Friday, April 13, 2012

L = Louvre Museum - A to Z Blog Challenge

Musée du Louvre


The Louvre and the Glass Pyramid, Paris - by Green Eye


 
The Louvre Museum or simply the Louvre, is one of the world's largest museums and a historic monument. It's a landmark of Old Paris, located in the 1st arrondissement, with one side facing the rue de Rivoli. 


Entry into the Louvre is through the Glass Pyramid, located in the inner courtyard.  I expected the effect of the old (the Louvre building) and the new (the pyramids) to be jarring.  Instead, the transparency allows for the Louvre building to be seen or reflected by the pyramid.  Commissioned by President Francois Mitterrand, the large pyramid was completed in 1989 by I. M. Pei. 


Louvre Interior Gallery, Antiquities - by DG Hudson


It's difficult to indicate the size of this palace and its galleries without a reference point, like the crowds above. No expense was spared in the flooring, the marble, the light fixtures and the gilt.  Palais du Louvre began its life as a 12th century fortress.  A model representation of the medieval version is on display in the basement, where the original foundations of the old Louvre castle can be seen.




Louvre Painted and Gilded Ceiling by DG Hudson


In 1682, King Louis XIV, the Sun King, moved his household to the Palace of Versailles keeping the Louvre primarily as a place to display the royal collection, including a collection of antique sculpture.



Antiquities, The Louvre, Paris - by DG Hudson


During the French Revolution, the National Assembly decreed that the Louvre should be used as a museum to display the nation's masterpieces.  Treasures from antiquity survived because of this wise decision. 


The Louvre Museum Interior, Paris, by DG Hudson


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What do you think of the Louvre?  Do you like art museums?  Or do you think of The Da Vinci Code?  Please share in the comments. 

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References:


http://www.louvre.fr/en  Louvre home page

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_districts  Paris Districts

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus%C3%A9e_du_Louvre Louvre Museum, Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louvre_Pyramid  Louvre Pyramid

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15 comments:

  1. Just one more reason I need to go to France. I don't even think I would go in to see the treasures, but just stand out on the sidewalk and be impressed. The architecture alone of the building is enough to take my breath away.

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    1. The exterior is beautiful, but you will want to go inside, Anne.

      BTW, I mentioned you at Alex's blog in my comment(since I like your personal A-Z character series).

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. i adore art museums, i loved loved "angels and demons"--thanks for the tour :)

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    1. There were tours, I think, for those who want to follow the story line in The Da Vinci Code (Sacre Couer may be included). I noticed that when booking our trip.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Good for you, Rick. I most definitely recommend it!

      In fact, we plan to see what we missed on our next trip. (after five hours, I needed a cafe break) Get there early for shorter lineups, even in the fall.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Oooooh, the Louvre :) Yes, modern pop culture does link it to Dan Brown, but--come on, it's so much more than that! What a great post, and great choice for L!

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    1. I'm glad you think so, Guilie, I went there for the art, and was surprised that I loved the building just as much.

      I wanted to camp out there! It was like water for the soul of this past art student.

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    1. Hope you get there sooner rather than later, Sarah. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. It's a beautiful place. And I like art museums.

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    1. You're right, it's beautiful inside and outside, Alex!

      History and Art - what's not to like, especially when a lot of the art (paintings) commemorate important events of history.

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  7. I'm glad I stumbled onto your blog from A to Z!
    I love the Louvre--although I'm a die hard Musee D'Orsay fan. I agree with you about the Louvre pyramid too--it compliments the building perfectly!
    Lovely post!

    www.diaryofasquaretoothedgirl.blogspot.com

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    1. Glad you liked the Louvre post. And, thanks Lisa, for stopping by.

      I'm also a Musee D'Orsay fan. I like the fact that it once was an elegant train station and it became a showcase of Impressionist Art.

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  8. Hi DG .. I haven't been for ages/years and must go and see the new pyramid and the new set up ... great photos you've given us.

    I hadn't realised the background - so was interested Louis XlV left it behind for Versailles .. then interesting that they stored/displayed their artefacts in it during the French Revolution ..

    Cheers Hilary

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