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Pays-Bas, première moitié du XVIe siècle
Richelieu wing - 2nd floor - Room 9 - Netherlands, first half of the 16th century
From the late 16th century, Antwerp overtook Bruges as the major northern European center for international trade. Northern artists assimilated Italian influences, but continued to work in the pictorial tradition established by the founders of the Dutch school of painting during the preceding century.
Temporary Exhibition Room
Sully wing - 1st floor - Room 20 - Large decorations, 17th century
This room houses temporary displays of works from the Department of Prints and Drawings, principally by French artists of the 17th to the 19th centuries.
Prints and Drawings
Temporary Exhibition Room
Denon wing - 1st floor - Room 9 - 16th-century Italian cartoons
Formerly attributed to Giulio Romano, these two cartoons (Triumph and A City Ablaze) are now attributed to Gian Battista Lodi da Cremona. They were designed for a series of eight tapestries known as the Fructus Belli, which were commissioned by Ferrante Gonzaga and woven in Brussels by Jehan Baudouyn.
Prints and Drawings
Napoleon III Apartments: Small and Large Dining Rooms
Richelieu wing - 1st floor - Room 84 - Napoleon III Apartments. Small dining room
The Napoleon III Apartments are an exceptional record of Second Empire decorative art. The state dining room features an imposing table and étagère sideboard in black-stained wood with gilt bronze decorations. The painted ceiling (a luminous sky traversed by exotic birds) is by Eugène Appert.
Georges de La Tour Room, France
Sully wing - 2nd floor - Room 28, temporarily closed to the public - Georges de La Tour
Rediscovered during the 20th century, Georges de la Tour is now recognized as a leading figure in 17th-century French art. He was one of the leading Caravaggesque painters, a style he may have discovered through the work of the Dutch painters of the Utrecht school, who used the same chiaroscuro effects.
Painters of Louis XIV Room, France
Sully wing - 1st floor
Prior to the death of Colbert in 1683, Louis XIV commissioned numerous decorative projects at Versailles and other royal residences, all overseen by Le Brun, who gathered a team of noted specialists and succeeded in rallying personalities such as Jouvenet and La Fosse to the cause.
Charles Le Brun Room, France
Sully wing - 2nd floor - Room 32, temporarily closed to the public - Le Brun
Charles Le Brun, royal painter to Louis XIV, exerted quasi-ministerial control over the artistic activity of his day. These enormous compositions illustrate the life of the king's hero and model, Alexander the Great. They played an important part in the formation of the academic doctrine taught by Le Brun.
Salle Mollien, Romanticism, France
Denon wing - 1st floor - Room 77 - Mollien
Like the Salle Daru, this room was decorated for the imperial museum in 1863 by Alexandre Dominique Denuelle. It houses large French Romantic paintings, including Eugène Delacroix's celebrated Liberty Leading the People, and Théodore Géricault's Raft of the Medusa.
Victory of Samothrace Landing
Denon wing - 1st floor
This magnificent Hellenistic statue may have commemorated a naval victory, possibly by a fleet from Rhodes in the 2nd century BC. Excavations on the island of Samothrace, where it was found in 1863, revealed that it originally stood on the prow of a marble ship, at the center of an ornamental fountain.
Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities
The vast lobby beneath I. M. Pei's Pyramid centralizes and facilitates access to the museum. Approved in 1981 and opened in 1989, the rigorous geometry of its square ground plan and diagonals is punctuated by escalators leading to the public galleries, and by the spiral staircase descending from the Cour Napoléon.
The Musée du Louvre from the Seine
The view of the palace from the Seine takes in the entire facade of the Grande Galerie, together with the Flore wing. The Grands Guichets du Carrousel (formerly the museum's main entrance) were built by Lefuel in 1868–70. Today, they provide access to the Cour Napoléon from the riverside.
The Pyramid at Night
Since 1989, when it was inaugurated, the Pyramid has dominated the Cour Napoléon. Designed by the Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei as the main entrance to the museum, its transparent steel and glass framework allows visitors to admire the palace facades from the lobby beneath.
Cour Napoléon from the Carrousel Esplanade
The esplanade in the Jardins du Carrousel is dominated by Percier and Fontaine's triumphal arch of 1806–8, marking the courtyard entrance to the Tuileries palace (razed by the Communards in 1871). The esplanade affords fine views of the palace, in particular Napoleon III's "New Louvre."
From the last Egyptian Pharoahs to Cleopatra
Sully wing - 1st floor - Room 30 - From the last Egyptian pharaohs to Cleopatra, 404–30 BC
Egyptian culture enjoyed a final flourish under the last of the independent, indigenous pharaohs. Subsequently, under the Greek Ptolemaic rulers, Egypt became part of the Persian and Macedonian empires, facilitating the spread of its distinctive culture throughout the Hellenistic world.
The New Kingdom: Tutankhamun and his Successors
Sully wing - 1st floor - Room 26 - The New Kingdom
After the death of the monotheist Akhenaten, the pharaohs Tutankhamun and Horemheb were keen to restore the traditional gods. Despite the continuing influence of the new style initiated by Akhenaten in the Amarna era, the art of this period shows a return to more classical forms.
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