Millions of people visit Musée du Louvre each year, primarily to get a glimpse of the masterful works of art it has in store. The former royal palace turned museum in Paris is home to more than 35,000 artworks and over 380,000 objects in multiple departments. The works and objects in the Louvre trace back to the prehistoric times, including the Neolithic age.
The two most frequented artworks in the museum in Paris are the ‘Mona Lisa’ painting and the ‘Venus de Milo’ statue. Oftentimes, people throng in the galleries where Louvre’s masterpieces are kept, making it rather tricky for others to sneak their way in. Appreciation for fine arts can sometimes take people to a frenzied state. When in the Musée du Louvre, this means you have to be super efficient to beat the crowd. If you are planning to take Louvre Museum private tours, it is recommended to get yourselves a skip-the-line ticket especially to better appreciate fine arts.
The treasure trove of artworks, that is the Musée du Louvre, offers you plenty of other artworks than what makes people take the Louvre Museum private tours each year. If the Mona Lisa were to be loaned out for the Grand Tour project across France, the museum calculated a large figure as possible loss due to probable loss in footfalls. All those to visit in the museum can thank for that. If at all you are visiting the museum in the City of Lights, make it a point to catch these top seven six to take appreciation to the next level.
The Wedding Feast at Cana
Paolo Veronese’s masterful painting is both lucky and unlucky to find a place in the same room as the one housing Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece. When a large gathering and too much excitement is there at the ‘Mona Lisa’ gallery, there will be flashing lights and peering heads around it. In isolation, Paolo’s work depicts none other than Jesus Christ, performing the “first miracle” at Cana by turning water into wine.
The Greek sculpture displayed at the ground floor of the Sully Wing of the Musée du Louvre is a source of fascination for all museumgoers. An anonymous artist, whose origins trace back to presumably the 2nd Century BC, carved the marble figure of an androgynous. What’s more, when you view it from behind, you get the sense that it is a female. This impression is heightened by the finesse of the carving and the curviness of its body. However, look at the sleeping statue from the front and you get the impression that it is actually that of a male.
The funerary busts have the likeness and often detailed stories of the historic figures they actually honor, forming some of the earliest-known portraiture. The Palmyra town, the place from where they originate, is part of modern-day Syria. This is what adds to the preciousness of the objects at the Sully Wing of the Louvre Museum.
This painting by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, residing at the Denon Wing, is a must-watch when on a Louvre guided tour. It is a work of great sensuality and beauty, all down to the draftsmanship qualities of the French Neoclassical painter. It is illusionistic when contrasted with the rendering of details, like the fabrics, and abstract lines. It is said that the painting sparked a furore when it was launched in the early 1800’s in France, perhaps in part because it is nude and renders a take on ‘harem woman’.
Anthropoid Sarcophagus with Lid
This white marble sarcophagus is made up of a trough with a sculpted lid of a rounded profile. The lid has a squared off and solid base for the feet and a masculine head, carved in relief detail. It traces back to circa 480 to 450 BC and has a Greek inspiration. Rightly, it is stored in the Department of Near Eastern Antiquities or the Sully Wing, to be precise.
View of an Interior, or the Slippers
The Parisian museum house thousands of specimens of the proudest achievements of the Western culture. This one from the 19th Century bore the monogram of Pieter de Hooch with an unlikely period of 17th Century. Contemporary with Pieter de Hooch and Johannes Vermeer’s early work, Samuel van Hoogstraten’s painting was attributed to each artist but is different from the experiments of Vermeer.
Alluding to the gallant and vain pastimes of mistress of the residence, it comes across as an exercise in portraying craft full perspective and poetic calm. Look into the details of the photo in the backdrop and you will know it has taken some brilliance. In an empty house hall, slippers lie on the floor, one broom rests against the wall, as well as a book lies on a table close to a candle.