L = Musée du Louvre

Oui.... today... the famous Musée... it is filled with GREAT works of art painted by artist of the past...


and daily it is filled with artists of the PRESENT recreating paintings within the Louvre...







(all images of artists painting in the Louvre via Google)

The Louvre Museum or Great Louvre, or simply the Louvre — is one of the world's largest museums, the most visited museum in the world, and a historic monument. It is a central landmark of Paris, France and is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement (district). Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 19th century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres (652,300 square feet).


The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre) which began as a fortress built in the late 12th century under Philip II. Remnants of the fortress are still visible. The building was extended many times to form the present Louvre Palace. In 1672, Louis XIV 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 antique sculpture.[3] 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.[4] During 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 confiscated church and royal property. Because of structural problems with the building, the museum was closed in 1796 until 1801. The size of the collection increased under Napoleon when the museum was renamed the Musée Napoléon. After his defeat at Waterloo, many works seized by Napoleon's armies were returned to their original owners. The collection was further increased during the reigns of Louis XVIII and Charles X, and during the Second French Empire the museum gained 20,000 pieces. Holdings have grown steadily through donations and gifts since the Third Republic, except during the two World Wars. As of 2008, 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. (information via Wikipedia)



Above is Fifi's sketch and painting of the Louvre entrance... would YOU like to sketch and paint the Louvre... or maybe try to recreate a masterpiece inside?  Or perhaps you already have... do tell!!!  You can see MY REPRODUCTIONS of FAMOUS works of art HERE!

Be sure to visit other A to Z Challenges... see you tomorrow in Montmartre... lunch... a tour and paintings!!!

14 comments:

M.A.the2nd said...

Fifi you would fit in perfectly in the Louvre ...it is one of my favourites. I believe I.M. Pei designed the pyramids. I love your "Louvre". Have a gorgeous day!
M.A. the 2nd
ps would you like to meet for a glass of champagne at Cafe Marly afterwards and we can discuss our favourite pieces!

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

You have done an excellent job of informing us about Paris, Most enjoyable and the pictures are out of this world.

Yvonne,

Greet said...

I just discovered your beautiful posts about Paris!! So interesting ! What a very good idea it is! And your sketches are stunning!!!
xx
Greet

The Alliterative Allomorph said...

Amazing phoographs! God, I live so close to Paris. If only I could afford to jump on a plane and see everything for myself! :)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Fifi, you need to come visit my blog.....lol....we are definately on the same wave lenght...I just did a post about the Louvre and my newest post is on Montmarte!
xoxo
Penny

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

I am learning much about Paris I didnt know. The louvre I knew about but the History no. I loved seeing the elderly woman sitting up close and coping a master. How fun and daunting at the same time.
Great post.

Berlin Deluxxe said...

Art and history go together hand in hand.
Certainly one of the places I'd love to visit someday.

Dash said...

Fifi, I have just happened on your blog, so glad I have found you, Fabulous blog and fabulous artwork.

I love this post, I used to live in Paris and loved to wander round The Louvre. As for painting, I have great vision but something terrible happens when I try to replicate it onto paper or canvas.
XX

Beverly said...

The Louvre is one of the places I dream of visiting. Hopefully some day the dream will come true.

ShirleyC said...

You are not only talented, but so knowledgeable. I feel like you are my art teacher. I've only had a little art education, and that was so many years ago while in college.

A Lady's Life said...

This is the way I would love to paint, right in the middle of all this inspiration. The works of the masters are indeed breathtaking.:)

Crystal said...

Oh Fifi, your sketch and painting is lovely. I have so many photos from being at the Lourve, but am always wondering how to post them. This was a great idea :)
I have not been around visiting for awhile I must go see the others.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a wonderful week.

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

Unfortunately, this was the last museum I visited and by this time, I was museum-ed out and didn't get to enjoy it as I should have. I saw the highlights but which I strolled the galleries more.

ElizOF said...

Happy SITS day! Beautiful artwork and I love your original approach to blogging too.I would love to chat with you some more... Keep up the good work and come visit my blog sometime!
Cheers,
E

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...