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Louvre Portrait of a MuseumLouvre: Portrait of a Museum (Abradale Books) Tour Louvre Museum. From Mona Lisa's smile to Napoleon's plundered treasures and I. M. Pei's controversial glass pyramid, Louvre: Portrait of a Museum presents one of the world's greatest and most popular museums not as a sum of its masterpieces, but as a living, changing institution that reflects the artistic, political, and social history of the western world. It features 650 magnificent reproductions, previously unpublished archival plans and documents, and lively essays on the museum's history and collections.

The Louvre MuseumThe Louvre: AND The Musee D'Orsay Tour Louvre Museum. The Louvre Museumis the world's largest museum, and also one of the world's most exciting places. Its buildings offer a journey through time, while its galleries display works, from over eight centuries, that arouse the full range of human responses, from admiration and wonder to curiosity, lust, even anger and betrayal. This book, complete with photographs and historical drawings of the architectural development of the fortress-turned-palace-turned-museum and 300 colour plates of works in the collection, delivers an engaging account of the history that helped form this spectacular collection. Indeed it is the history of the French nation itself. Dubbed the museum of the people in 1848, the Louvre today houses arguably the most comprehensive collection of art and antiquities in the world. Alexandra Bonfante-Warren has chosen some of the most beautiful, awe-inspiring, and thought-provoking examples from each of the seven departments: Egyptian Antiquities, Oriental Antiquities, Greek and Roman Antiquities, Decorative Arts, Sculpture, Paintings, and Drawings. Here are tomb paintings and sarcophagi from the Valley of the Kings, towering mythic sculptures from lost civilisations, devotional altarpieces and architectural embellishments expressing the religious fervour of the Middle Ages, and masterpieces by Giotto, Raphael, Leonardo, Rembrandt, Rubens, Delacroix, David, Vermeer, lngres, and scores of others.

Tour Louvre MuseumThe Pocket Louvre: A Visitor's Guide to 500 Works Tour Louvre Museum. A guide to the Louvre Museum, one of the world's great art collections features floor plans to the eight-hundred-year-old building, five hundred illustrations of art dating back to the sixth century B.C., a history of the museum and building, and useful information about how to spend a fruitful day at the museum.

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