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Cour Marly, France
Richelieu wing - Ground floor
The monumental statuary displayed here was carved for the park of the Château de Marly. Most of the works were commissioned by Louis XIV at the end of his reign. However, the courtyard is dominated by Guillaume Coustou's celebrated Horses of Marly, completed in 1745 under Louis XV.
Carlos Besteigui Collection
Sully wing - 2nd floor - Room A - Carlos de Beistegui Donation
This room is devoted to the donation made by Carlos de Beistegui (Mexico, 1863–Biarritz, 1953). The donation was made in 1942 and the works entered the museum on the donor's death. This admirable collection of paintings consists chiefly portraits, and includes works by the 15th-century Burgundian Master, Hey, Rubens, van Dyck, Largillierre, Nattier, Drouias, Fragonard, Goya, David, Lawrence, Gérard, Ingres, Meissonnier, and Zuloaga.
Appartements Napoléon III, Grand Salon
Richelieu wing - 1st floor - Room 87 - Napoleon III Apartments. Large drawing room
The large drawing room of the Napoleon III Apartments typifies the taste of the period for opulent interiors. The ceiling features Charles-Raphaël Maréchal's painting of The Reuniting of the Louvre and the Tuileries by Napoleon III. The lavish stucco decorations are by Tranchant.
Salon Carré, Italy
Denon wing - 1st floor - Room 3 - Salon Carré
The Salon Carré (Square Salon) was built by Le Vau at the east end of the Grande Galerie after the fire of 1661. The Louvre's first public museum opened here in 1793, and for many years it housed exhibitions of contemporary art. The gallery now displays Italian paintings from the 12th to 15th centuries.
Grande Galerie, Italy
Denon wing - 1st floor - Room 5 - Grande Galerie
Built between 1595 and 1610, this gallery originally connected the Louvre to the Tuileries palace. The engaged columns along the sides were added during the Empire by Percier and Fontaine. Shortened by a third during the Second Empire, the gallery now houses collections of Italian painting.
Salle Rembrandt, Holland
Richelieu wing - 2nd floor - Room 31 - Rembrandt
The colossal output of Rembrandt is represented at the Louvre by paintings covering a wide range of subjects and periods, although they include no works from the artist's youth. The collection includes a number of well-known self-portraits, and the celebrated Bathsheba at Her Bath of 1654.
Holland, 2nd Half of the 17th Century
Richelieu wing - 2nd floor - Room 38 - Holland, second half of the 17th century
Dutch painting in the late 17th century is represented by works by the seminal figure of Johannes Vermeer, and contemporaries such as Pieter de Hooch, Ruisdael, and Ter Borch. Masterpieces displayed here include Vermeer's celebrated paintings of The Astronomer and The Lacemaker.
Second School of Fontainebleau, France
Richelieu wing - 2nd floor - Room 10 - The second School of Fontainebleau
The resumption of decorative painting in the royal palaces under Henri IV following the Wars of Religion enabled the artists of the Second School of Fontainebleau to create a new decorative style. The celebrated anonymous painting of Gabrielle d’Estrées and her sister typifies the sensuality, fresh color, and Italianizing style of French court painting at this time.
The Netherlands, 16th Century
Richelieu wing - 2nd floor - Room 11 - Netherlands, 16th century
This room features 16th-century Dutch painting, particularly that of the Antwerp school and the Romanists—artists who traveled to Italy, and Rome in particular, to study the works of classical antiquity and contemporary Italian masters.
The Netherlands, 2nd Half of the 16th Century
Richelieu wing - 2nd floor - Room 13 - Netherlands, second half of the 16th century
This gallery displays masterpieces of late 16th- and early-17th-century Northern and German Mannerism, including Cornelis van Haarlem's Baptism of Christ, Abraham Bloemaert's Adoration of the Shepherds and Joachim Wtewael's magnificent Perseus and Andromeda.
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