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Salle des Bronzes
Sully wing - 1st floor - Room 32, temporarily closed to the public, works n - Bronzes room
Built between 1551 and 1553 by the architect Pierre Lescot, this room was designed as the centerpiece of the 16th-century additions to the Louvre. Transformed by Albert Ferran between 1936 and 1938, the gallery now houses the museum's collection of ancient
Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities
Salle des Caryatides
Sully wing - Ground floor - Room 17 - Salle des Caryatides
Located on the ground floor of Pierre Lescot's 16th-century Renaissance wing, this room takes its name from the four female figures sculpted by Jean Goujon in 1550 to support the musicians' gallery. Today it houses Roman copies of Greek originals long since disappeared.
Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities
Richelieu wing - 1st floor - Room 2 - Suger
The Richelieu wing (formerly occupied by the French Finance Ministry) has housed the museum's collection of decorative arts since 1993. The Salle Suger is dedicated to Romanesque works from the 10th to the 12th centuries, the golden age of the prestigious abbey at Saint-Denis, north of Paris.
Richelieu wing - 1st floor - Room 10 - Larcade
This room is named for the donor of the three tapestries displayed here. They bear the coats of arms of Thomas Bohier, a former chamberlain and finance minister of Charles VIII, and his wife Catherine Briçonnet. They are inspired by the French medieval literary genre, the pastourelle.
France, Salle Boucher
Sully wing - 2nd floor - Room 46 - Boucher
François Boucher's career flourished in the mid-18th century, when he was the favorite painter of Louis XV's mistress, the marquise de Pompadour. His work enjoyed official success, but was critized by Diderot and the Encyclopedists for its ''simple'' technique and frivolous subject matter.
Salle Vien, France
Sully wing - 2nd floor - Room 53 - Vien
Joseph-Marie Vien and the antiquarian the comte de Caylus were pioneers of Neoclassicism in France. Vien's Cupid Seller (1763) heralded a return to the "Greek style." David, the leading figure of French Neoclassicism, was one of his pupils.
Salle Restout, France
Sully wing - 2nd floor - Room 43 - Restout
Jean Restout was the leading French religious painter of his day. His numerous commissions feature grand scenes with numerous figures and imposing architectural settings, reminiscent of works by his uncle, Jean Jouvenet. His later style is more animated, with a distinctive neo-Baroque flavor.
Salle Daru, Neoclassicism, France
Denon wing - 1st floor - Room 75 - Daru
Created for the imperial museum in 1863, this gallery was decorated in red and gold (the French imperial colors) by the painter Alexandre Dominique Denuelle. Today, it houses large-scale French Neoclassical paintings, notably Jacques-Louis David's Coronation of Napoleon.
Salle Philippe Pot, France
Richelieu wing - Ground floor - Room 10 - Philippe Pot
The powerful realism of the Burgundian style during the 15th century is evoked here by the tomb of the seneschal (royal steward) Philippe Pot. Parisian workshops produced a number of important tombs at this time, while a gentler, more elegant style flourished in the Loire valley.
Michelangelo Gallery, Italy
Denon wing - Ground floor - Room 4 - Michelangelo gallery
The 19th-century Galerie Mollien (now the Michelangelo gallery) was based on the Salle des Caryatides and served as the official lobby for the Salle des Etats on the first floor. It now houses part of the museum's Italian sculpture collection, notably Michelangelo's Slaves. Carved for his first version of the tomb of Pope Julius II, they were left unfinished, emerging from the rough-hewn stone.
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