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The Louvre is undoubtedly the most famous museum in the world. However, it was not always a museum to the public. In fact, it was built in 1546 on request by King Francis, a keen lover of art. The Louvre was meant to be his royal residence, and a place where he could keep all the precious art he had collected.
𝑨𝒖𝒈𝒖𝒔𝒕 10, 1793
On this day, the Grand Galerie of the Louvre officially turned into a public arts museum (Musée Central des Arts) with one of the word’s richest collection of artwork and artifacts.
The Louvre remained the same for around a century before Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei was asked to put some more touches, so it could appear more elegant and firmly supported. His most famous piece of work was the huge glass-steel triangle which served as the entrance to the Louvre.
The Louvre also holds some of the most famous paintings in the world, which includes the mystical
Mona Lisa – One of the most famous paintings int he world created by Leonardo Da Vinci.
It was stolen once from the Louvre, but has been recovered and still resides in the Louvre to this day.
It’s so important to the French culture, that it has a bulletproof glass surrounding it, in case someone tries to shoot the painting.
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The Louvre’s entire art collection, along with all the relevant information related to the pieces is now available online for free browsing via any wi-fi enabled device. That’s a whopping 482,000 pieces of art on display!
They also offer an interactive map in English, French, Spanish, and Chinese, where one can explore the Musée du Louvre room by room.
Visit https://collections.louvre.fr/en/ to start exploring.
Image Credit: Alessio Mercuri, CC BY 3.0 <https:creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons