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PARIS — Louvre: PARIS — 400 Masterpieces — By Daniel Soulié

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Home to Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, The Louvre is the most famous museum in the world.

Since first opening its doors in 1793, the Louvre also has become the largest and most visited museum in the world. In 2014, more than 9.25 million people strolled its 15 acres to see of some of the world's greatest art, and the crowds are projected to increase to more than 12 million a year by 2025!

In Louvre: 400 Masterpieces, you get to experience 400 of the museum's extraordinary treasures in dazzling color with engaging commentary — without waiting online! (There are more than 3,500 works of art at The Louvre!)

This beautiful hardcover book with 544 pages showcases not only renowned works of art, but also lesser-known pieces that will surprise even the most astute art lovers.

With a foreword by the institution's former director, Henri Loyrette, the works are presented within the context of the Museum's departments: Near Eastern Antiquities; Egyptian Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculptures; Decorative Arts; Paintings; and Prints and Drawings.

Whether you are planning to travel to Paris or whether you want to savor each piece from the comfort of your favorite chair, Louvre: 400 Masterpieces is a great way to browse an incredible selection of works from this great museum.

The ninth and final chapter tells the story of this one-time imperial palace as seen through its architecture. 

The Louvre was not originally built to house a museum; in fact, the structure was built some 600 years prior to its conversion into the museum it is today. In 1190, Parisians were concerned about the potential of invasion of their city from the north, as they feared the Vikings would cross the sea from Scandinavia and raid Paris.

The Louvre was built as a fortress to protect against these possible raids at the order of King Phillipe-Auguste. The Louvre was reconstructed in the 16th century to serve as a royal palace, and then, in 1793, it became a fine art museum.

With its appealing format and carefully selected images Louvre: 400 Masterpieces makes a perfect gift for Francophiles and art lovers.

This carefully curated collection also is a very thoughtful selection for anyone who is planning a trip to Paris and wants to get a good taste of what to expect at the world's most popular museum, as well as anyone who has been and didn't get enough of The Louvre (who can???).

And, it is definitely a must-have for anyone who wants to visit it any time, from any place! 

  • Author: Daniel Soulié
  • Condition: New. Hardcover
  • Edition: Paperback - Published October 10, 2008
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810971165
  • Pages: 544
  • Dimensions: 8 1/4" inches H x 1 3/4" inches D x 8 1/4" inches W 1/2 
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