The Musée du Louvre is home to thousands of artworks displayed in hundreds of exhibit floors. Since the museum in Paris is growing their private collections, it would prove to be inaccurate to quote the exact number of artworks as of now. One thing is for sure, it is the most popular museum in the world being visited by millions of art lovers or over 8 million as of last year’s footfall.
The hallways of the Louvre throng with a beeline of visitors, who are either in a rush to find a masterpiece or want to navigate all the exhibit floors housing a chockfull of exceptional artworks. You could literally observe the permanent collections of the museum while watching the world drift by when on a Louvre guided tour. You may also see copyists with easels, canvas, and other painting tools set up in a bid to replicate masterpieces unaware of the crowd passing by beside them.
The peering crowds to Louvre Museum often head to the Denon Wing, which houses world-famous painting ‘Mona Lisa’ and a sculpture named ‘Vincent de Milo’. These two are the most frequently photographed works of art in Musée du Louvre; no prize for guessing which one of the two steals the top spot – it’s Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece.
Apart from that, you can even find ‘Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss,’ a sculpture by Italian sculptor Antonio Canova in the Michelangelo Gallery of the Louvre Museum in Paris. The highlight of that gallery is Michelangelo’s ‘Slaves,’ a group of statues that traces the Italian Renaissance period.
Yet again, the permanent collections of Louvre Museum trace back to that of former King of France, Francis I, which was expanded further by Louis XIV during 17th Century. The Denon Wing displays mostly Spanish and Italian paintings, while Richelieu Wing has a collection of decorative arts from the Medieval Period and less-known sculptures that trace back to the 5th Century.
The museum in Paris welcomes peering crowds no matter which time of the year one makes the trip, but if you can advance book tickets, you can skip the line and get priority entrance. Notre that if you go on a Louvre Museum tour on the 1st Sunday of a month from October to March, you can access the permanent collections of Musée du Louvre for free.