The Louvre Palace and Museum

"Mouseîon: establishment in which a collection of works of art, items of historical, aesthetic or scientific interest are preserved, exhibited, shown to advantage." (Larousse dictionary)

The Limbourg Brothers
The Month of October
with the Louvre of Philippe Auguste in the background
Illumination from the calendar of the manuscript Les très riches heures du duc de Berry
Musée Condé, Château de Chantilly

Giuseppe Castiglionne
The "Salon Carré", in 1865, at the Louvre Museum
Canvas - H 0,69 m; W 1,03 m

The Palace

A medieval fortress, the palace of the kings of France, and a museum for the last two centuries, the architecture of the Louvre Palace bears witness to more than 800 years of history.

Two Centuries as a Museum

Established in 1793 by the French Republic, the Louvre Museum, in the company of the Ashmoleum Museum (1683), the Dresden Museum (1744) and the Vatican Museum (1784) is one of the earliest European museums.

The Collections

Divided into 7 departments, the Louvre collections incorporate works dating from the birth of the great antique civilisations right up to the first half of the XIXth century, thereby confirming its encyclopedic vocation.

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