The Louvre Museum is considered one of the most prominent art museums in the world and maybe even the important of them all. Without any doubt, this is the largest museum in the world and it won't be an exaggeration to say that the Louvre Museum is absolutely incredible. You can spend an entire day at the museum and still not be able to see it all. The museum has countless masterpiece artworks, including, of course, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, probably the most known paint in the world. However, the Mona Liza is far from being the only famous attraction of the Museum.
Any summary will underestimate the value of the Louvre. But if to mention only a fraction of what the visitors in can see ay the Museum, then here is a recommended list of the 20 must-sees while in the Louvre.
20 must-see masterpiece artworks in the Louvre
Mona Liza, by Leonardo da Vinci
The ancient Greek statue of Venus de Milo
The Winged Victory of Samothrace, the Hellenistic sculpture of the goddess of victory, Nike
The Great Sphinx of Tanis
Sleeping Hermaphroditus sculpture
Sarcophagus of the Spouses
The Raft of the Medusa, by Théodore Géricault
The Wedding at Cana, by Veronese
Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss, by Antonio Canova
Dying Slave, by Michelangelo
Rebellious Slave, by Michelangelo
The Lacemaker, by Johannes Vermeer
Woman with a Mirror, by Titian
Liberty Leading the People, by Eugène Delacroix
The Coronation of Napoleon, by Jacques-Louis David
Louis XIV, by Hyacinthe Rigaud
The Card Sharp with the Ace of Diamonds, by Georges de La Tour
Portrait of the Artist Holding a Thistle, by Albrecht Dürer
Death of the Virgin, by Caravaggio
The French Crown Jewels
The Louver Palace
The Louver Museum resides in the Louver Palace, which is a masterpiece of majestic architecture meeting art. Built near King Philippe-Auguste's medieval fortress from the year 1200, the Palace had a modest beginning. It was established in 1546 when King Francis I, asked to build a better royal palace residence in a renaissance style, at this location. The connection of the Louver to arts was right from the start since Francis I was an avid patron of art and had a passion to collect it. Actually, it was Francis I who invited Leonardo da Vinci to France, where he spent his last three years. Francis I was also the one who originally purchase the Mona Lisa and this is the reason why the brilliant paint is in France and not Italy.
Years went by and the Louver Palace expanded and refurbished with each monarch adding another personal layer of splendor to the grandiose Palace complex. Louis XIII and Louis XIV who ruled in the 17th century had contributed greatly to the Palace's expansion and its art collections. The Museum opens to the public during the French Revelation and during the Napoleon regime, only part of the Palace was in use.
The Palace is a masterpiece artwork for itself and an example of extraordinary architecture. It is recommended not to miss the following:
, a sumptuous golden gallery that was created by Louis XIV, to strengthen his image as the Sun King.
The lavish Napoleon III Apartments
The Mobilier des résidences royales
, 18th-century royal furniture collation.
The Salle Mollien
, the red rooms which contain beautiful and large paintings as The Coronation of Napoleon.
It is most recommended to plan your visit in advance to make sure you'll be able to view the most must-see artworks. Also, make sure you buy your tickets online in advance to save precious time.