Apr 08

The Louvre

Welcome back to our site about art and everything around it!
The Louvre Museum in french called Musée de Louvre is one of the largest museums in the world and is located in Paris in France. It is one of the largest museums in the world and holds over 35 000 objects are exhibited there! How cool isn’t that?? The objects are from prehistory to the 21st century.
The museum wasn’t planned to be a museum from the beginning. The museum is a part of the Louvre palace which was built as a fortress in the late 12th century. In the base of the museum you can take a look at remnants from that time. It was in 1682 when Louis XIV left the Louvre Palace and chose the Palace of Versailles to household, the Louvre became a place to display the royal collection. In 1692 a collection of ancient greek and roman sculptures also joined the royal collection. The same year two different academies occupied the building and they remained there for 100 years. Almost exactly 100 years later, 1793, was the first official opening of the museum. It held an exhibition of 500 paintings, where the majority of the artwork where royal or confiscated church property. As we mentioned the exhibition today holds over 35 000 objects and they are divided into eight separate departments; Egyptian Antiquities, Near Eastern Antiquities; Roman, Greek and Etruscan Antiquities; Islamic Art, Decorative arts; Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Sculptures. The different departments collections contains more then 380 000 object together and 35 000 of these are displayed for the public. This is definitely a museum that every art lover must visit. We loved the trip when we where there, and if you don’t have a lot of money but happens to be in Paris on a Friday night, the admission is free. Super!

eiffel tower in paris

When we already are talking about Paris, how about a little art(i)facts (hehe) about the Eiffel Tower! The Eiffel Tower or Tour Eiffel is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel who designed and built the tower. It is made of iron lattice and is located on the Champ the Mars in Paris. It was constructed in 1889, and was criticized for it’s design. A couple of France’s leading artist thought it was ugly and that it didn’t signify art. But today it is a icon of France and actually is one of the most visited monuments with admission. Almost 7 million people visited the tower in 2015. The eiffel tower is also one of the places you have to visit when you are in Paris. The greta thing about it is that of course you don’t have to pay admission and go up the tower if you can’t afford it. Standing on the ground next to it and to see it with your own eyes is as good as standing in a queue that takes forever. Hope that you like that we wrote about some buildings and artwork today!

Did you now that there is a woman that is married to the Eiffel Tower?