The Louvre Museum in Paris is a national museum and art gallery. The museum is housed in a portion of a palace. It was built on the site of Philip Augustus, a fortress built in the 12th century. It is one of the most frequently visited museums throughout the world. The artwork housed within the walls in a glimpse into times gone past. Explore ancient civilizations through the displays and painting and take a trip back to the 19th century, a journey through art.
The Louvre Through The Years
An art collector of great masterpieces, Francis I, demolished his own residence in 1546 and on the site he began to build something new, The Louvre. Every French Monarch thereafter added their own collector’s pieces. In 1682, when Louis XVII moved his court to Versaille. The Louvre was no longer a royal residence. The thought of turning The Louvre into a museum open to the public was first put forward in the 18th century. In the 80’s and 90’s renovations were carried out on The Louvre to provide a more accessible facility for the public. A variety of additions were made which included shops, parking areas, exhibition areas and an auditorium to name only a few.
Probably the most well-known of all the art in The Louvre is Leonardo Da Vinci’s, Mona Lisa. The half-length portrait is the most valuable painting in the world. In 1962 it was evaluated for the purposes of insurance and the figure amounted to a whopping $100 million at that time. Today that would equate to around $800 million. The work of art is predicted to have been painted between 1503 and 1506. The oil painting is believed to be a portrait of Francesco Del Giocondo’s wife, Lisa Gherardini, however, there is still an element of mystery regarding that fact.