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Cette exposition a été réalisée avec le soutien de The A. G. Leventis Foundation et Louis Vuitton. This exhibition was made possible with the generous help of the A. G. Leventis Foundation and Louis Vuitton.

This exhibition traces the remarkable artistic history of Cyprus from the 4th century AD, when Constantinople was founded and Christianity triumphed across the Roman Empire, to the Turkish conquest of the island in 1571.

The Island of Cyprus, a gateway to the Orient, was initially and until the 7th century a rich province of the Byzantine Empire. It was then at the heart of the rivalry between the Arabs and the Byzantines until the 10th century. In 965, it became fully Byzantine again for two centuries. Conquered by Richard the Lion Heart in 1191, at the end of the Third Crusade, it fell the following year to the Lusignans. Their kingdom was in turn ceded to the Venetians in 1489. Cyprus then became one of the jewels of the Serene Republic until the Turkish conquest of 1571.

The exhibition, complemented by a special feature from the Department of Sculptures on archeologist and art historian Camille Enlart, brings together for the first time artworks from around ten Cypriot museums, from the collections of the diocese of Nicosia along with several others. It also includes major loans from the public collections of France, Italy, the United States, Hungary and the United Kingdom. Visitors will be enlightened on each of the major periods in the checkered history of medieval Cyprus, in turn Byzantine, Latin, Gothic and Venetian, but fully traversed by a strong Byzantine heritage.

Organized by:

Jannic Durand, Head Curator, Deputy Director of the Department of Decorative Arts, Musée du Louvre

Practical information

From October 28, 2012 to January 28, 2013

Richelieu wing, lower ground floor

Opening hours
Open every day (except Tuesday) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Night opening until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Included in the museum ticket: €11

Further information
+33 (0)1 40 20 53 17