The Louvre's thematic mini-sites are designed to accompany exhibitions or special events at the museum. Featuring texts, graphic material, teaching ideas etc., they provide an introduction to the main themes in the history of art and archaeology.
Masterpieces of Islamic Art from the Aga Khan Museum
A selection of items from the splendid Aga Khan collection – a set of folios from the "Book of Kings" of Shah Tahmasp (the most famous 16th-century Persian manuscript), two wonderfully preserved medieval garments, and various examples of calligraphy – reflect the aesthetic exuberance of Islamic art from Spain to India.
This mini-site presents masterpieces by Mantegna including The Crucifixion, the Madonna della Vittoria, Saint Sebastian, and the paintings in Isabella d'Este's Studiolo... Paintings, drawings, engravings, manuscripts, and sculptures illustrate the career of this extraordinary artist—the chief proponent of Renaissance ideas in northern Italy. This site also explores the influences behind his work, and the legacy he left to succeeding generations of artists.
Recent research suggests that Ingres has finally gained recognition as one of the most prolific and original creative artists of his time, with an unconventional, avant-garde style that blended realism and idealism. Visit this site to discover an artist who was seen in turn as Jacques-Louis David's star pupil, a fierce rival of Delacroix, and a source of inspiration for painters such as Renoir and Degas, and for the Symbolist movement.
In the Kingdom of Alexander the Great: Ancient Macedonia
Fortified by the political intelligence of its rulers, the most famous of whom is Alexander the Great, ancient Macedonia was able to oppose its unity as a kingdom to the diversity of the Greek city-states. This exhibition reveals the glorious past and remarkable rise of the kingdom of Macedonia, and sheds light on the significance of the northern Greek tombs of the period: the treasures they contained, preserved by the earth of the tumuli, testify to the extraordinary skill of the artists of the time.
Five hundred artworks have been selected to trace the history of ancient Macedonia, from the 15th century BC to the Imperial Roman period.
The works gathered for this unprecedented exhibition reflect remarkable diversity. Ancient Russian art not only preserved the Byzantine legacy until the turn of the 18th century, but revived it too, forging a strong identity of its own from the very beginning.
Claude Lorrain: The Draftsman Studying Nature
In his own lifetime Claude Gellée, known as Claude Lorrain (or simply as Claude), was recognized as one of the finest masters of landscape painting. His serene, intensely poetic vision of “classical” landscape became a model for his many followers up to and even after the Impressionist era. Claude was able to combine the perfect grandeur of an idealized ancient world with impressions of a real, personally experienced nature. He attained this lofty accomplishment through his highly skilled handling of light and his incorporation of elements studied from life.
Breguet and the Louvre
Watches, clocks, and measuring instruments, accompanied by portraits, archive documents and patent applications, shed light on the developments pioneered by Breguet from his early years in Paris to the period when he handed the business over to his son, Antoine-Louis.
This mini-site explores the origins and influence of the ancient city of Babylon, and the way in which the myth grew out of historical reality. This new approach to the ancient city is based on research that has made it possible to trace a history that is no longer dependent on biblical or late classical sources.
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