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Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Louvre Highlights

Artworks featured in the 'APES**T' music video

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Introduction

In 2018, the Carters shook things up at the venerable Louvre palace! Follow this trail to see the highlights the superstar couple picked out for their ‘APES**T’ music video.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z chose the Louvre as their shooting location. This trail shows you the paintings, sculptures and settings that inspired them for this song from their first album as a duo: an Egyptian sphinx, Greek gods and goddesses, a famous Italian of the Renaissance, an emperor in all his glory, tragic or romantic heroes and heroines – and the iconic Winged Victory of Samothrace, who appears in the video poised on the prow of her marble ship while a sea of dancers ripple in waves down the staircase at her feet.

Start of trail

  • Enter through the Denon wing.

  • After the ticket check, continue on up the stairs.

  • Take the spiral staircase on the right.

  • Go up a few steps on your left.

  • Opposite the Pyramid, turn right and walk through the gallery.

  • Go up the large staircase towards the statue of a winged female figure.

Step 01

The Winged Victory of Samothrace

Room 703 - Denon wing - Level 1

The Winged Victory of Samothrace

  • Opposite The Winged Victory of Samothrace, turn right and go between the columns.

  • Go straight on past the glass door.

  • Leave the Salon Carré by the door to the right of the windows and go into the Grande Galerie.

  • Walk on through the Grande Galerie.

  • The Virgin of the Green Cushion is on the left wall, after the first window.

Step 02

The Virgin of the Green Cushion

Room 710 - Denon wing - Level 1

The Virgin of the Green Cushion

Andrea Solario

  • Walk on through the Grande Galerie. Pass the red marble columns.

  • Pietà is on the left wall, just before the painting in the middle of the gallery.

Step 03

Pietà

Room 710 - Denon wing - Level 1

Pietà

Giovanni Battista di Jacopo, known as Rosso Fiorentino

  • Retrace your steps

  • Take the first door on the left.

  • Go into the Mona Lisa room.

Step 04

The Mona Lisa

Room 711 - Denon wing - Level 1

Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo, known as the Mona Lisa

Leonardo da Vinci

  • Turn around to look at the huge painting opposite the Mona Lisa.

Step 05

The Wedding Feast at Cana

Room 711 - Denon wing - Level 1

The Wedding Feast at Cana

Paolo Caliari, known as Veronese

  • Walk behind the Mona Lisa and go into the next room.

  • Turn left into a large gallery with red walls.

  • The Raft of the Medusa is a little further on, on the left wall.

Step 06

The Raft of the Medusa

Room 700 - Denon wing - Level 1

The Raft of the Medusa

Théodore Géricault

  • At the top of the wall on your right you will see The Shades of Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta Appear to Dante and Virgil.

Step 07

The Shades of Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta

Room 700 - Denon wing - Level 1

The Shades of Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta Appear to Dante and Virgil

Ary Scheffer

  • On the wall opposite The Raft of the Medusa is The Charging Chasseur.

Step 08

The Charging Chasseur

Room 700 - Denon wing - Level 1

The Charging Chasseur

Théodore Géricault

  • Time for a break? Try the Café Mollien…and enjoy the fabulous view of the Pyramid from its terrace.

  • Retrace your steps and leave the room.

  • Go through the following room, past the gift shop and into the next room.

  • Look at The Coronation of Napoleon, on your left.

Step 09

The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon and the Coronation of the Empress Joséphine

Room 702 - Denon wing - Level 1

The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon and the Coronation of the Empress Joséphine in Notre-Dame Cathedral on 2 December 1804

Jacques-Louis David

  • The Portrait of Juliette Récamier is opposite The Coronation of Napoleon.

Step 10

Madame Récamier

Room 702 - Denon wing - Level 1

Madame Récamier

Jacques-Louis David

  • The Oath of the Horatii is on the same wall, to the left.

Step 11

The Oath of the Horatii

Room 702 - Denon wing - Level 1

The Oath of the Horatii

Jacques-Louis David

  • Now turn to look at The Intervention of the Sabine Women, opposite The Oath of the Horatii.

Step 12

The Intervention of the Sabine Women

Room 702 - Denon wing - Level 1

The Intervention of the Sabine Women

Jacques-Louis David

  • Leave the room and head towards The Winged Victory of Samothrace.

  • Take the stairs up to the statue.

  • Go up the steps to the left of the statue.

  • Go into the rotunda on the right.

  • Turn right into the Galerie d’Apollon.

  • Walk towards the centre of the gallery and look up at the ceiling.

Step 13

Ceiling of the Galerie d’Apollon

Room 705 - Denon wing - Level 1

Apollo Slaying the Serpent Python

Eugène Delacroix

  • Turn around and go back past The Winged Victory of Samothrace.

  • Go down the stairs opposite the statue.

  • Turn right at the bottom of the stairs, and continue down the next staircase.

  • Go straight on through the rotunda (Room 408) and the next room (Room 347).

  • Turn right as soon as you enter the room with red marble wall, and go up to the Venus de Milo.

Step 14

The Venus de Milo

Room 345 - Sully wing - Level 0

Aphrodite, known as the Venus de Milo

  • Go straight on through the crowd of sculptures facing the Venus de Milo.

  • Go up to the statue of Hermes, near the middle of the gallery.

Step 15

Hermes fastening his sandal

Room 344 - Sully wing - Level 0

Hermes fastening his sandal, after Lysippos

  • At the far end of the room, turn left in front of the statue of Athena.

  • Go down the stairs on your right to the Crypt of the Sphinx.

Step 16

The Great Sphinx of Tanis

Room 338 - Sully wing - Level-1

The Great Sphinx of Tanis

  • Go up the stairs to the left of the Sphinx.

  • Go through the Department of Egyptian Antiquities (Rooms 337 to 327).

  • After the Allée de Sphinx (Room 327), go up the stairs to the left.

  • At the top of the stairs, go through the door on the left.

  • Turn left and go through the glass doors.

  • Go up the spiral staircase.

  • At the top of the stairs, turn left towards the series of rooms.

  • Go through Rooms 931 to 935.

  • In Room 935, find the Portrait of a Black Woman.

Step 17

Portrait of a Black Woman

Room 935 - Sully wing - Level 2

Portrait of a Black Woman

Marie-Guillemine Benoist

Way to exit

  • Retrace your steps to the exit under the Pyramid.

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