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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
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
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.
This room displays vestiges of temples and temple statues from a number of sites and periods. It explores the structure and function of these “houses of the gods,” and the ceremonies that were held there.
Late Gothic, Northern Europe
The Late Gothic style persisted in 16th-century German and Dutch art up until the Reformation. German sculptors favored expressive, realistic figures with lively, angular, unnaturalistic drapery, reflecting the contrasting moods of medieval spirituality. Dutch artists focused on the representation of narrative. The works shown here are all religious in origin, many from polychrome wooden altarpieces. The early northern European Renaissance is also represented.
Salle des Etats, Italy
Designed by Lefuel, the Salle des Etats was built to accommodate the major legislative sessions presided over by Napoleon III from 1859. In 1878, the hall became part of the museum. The original decorations have disappeared, but the recent refurbishment by Lorenzo Piqueras has provided a new setting for the Mona Lisa and Venetian Renaissance paintings.
Iran and the Persian Empire during the Achaemenian Period
This room contains for the most part panels of polychrome glazed brick from the palace of Darius I in Susa (in modern-day Iran), built during the late 6th and early 5th centuries BC. The enormous capital in the center of the room crowned one of thirty-six tall columns in the audience hall (apadana).
Roman Art: Julio-Claudian Period I
Between 1655 and 1658, Louis Le Vau transformed Anne of Austria's summer apartments. The new decoration featured paintings by Giovanni Francesco Romanelli and stucco work by sculptor Michel Angier. The apartments became a gallery of antiquities in 1799 and now house the collections of Roman
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