Paris, Louvre Museum
Opening hours: everyday except Tuesdays and certain
public holidays, 9-18
Tel: 01 40 20 53 17
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History of Louvre and Medieval Louvre
Two rooms present the history and architectural
development of Louvre Palace in chronological order, from
the fortress built by Philippe Auguste in about 1190 in Lupara
(later to became Louvre) to recent works by I. M.
Pei and other architects involved in "Grand Louvre"
project. The exhibition is completed by archeological
circuit through the castle's moats, from Philippe Auguste
to Charles V.
Oriental Antiquities Art from Islam
This department presents the civilizations of Ancient
Near-East, which goes back to 7000 BC and succeeded one
another in Mesopotamia, Iran and the countries of Levant,
immense territory stretching from Mediterranean to India.
Islamic section includes 7th-19th century works of art
from Islamic world: Mediterranean basin, Iran, India and
Created by John Francois Champollion, this department
illustrates the art of Ancient Egypt from two different
viewpoints: Chronological circuit from the earliest times
to Cleopatra and thematic circuit illustrating certain
aspects of Egyptian civilization. Two sections devoted to
Coptic Egypt and Roman Egypt complete the display.
Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities
This department includes works from three ancient
civilizations: Greece, Etruria and Rome. On the ground
floor, chronological circuit, based on marble statuary,
contains works from 3rd millennium BC to 7th century AD.
The collection on the first floor is organized according
to the techniques and materials used: Bronzes and jewelers,
silverware, glassware, figurines and terracotta vases.
European Sculpture, from Late Middle Ages to mid-19th
century, is to be found in this department. This
collection, which mainly include French works, also
contain many significant pieces from Italy, Spain and
The collection in this department come from every era:
Items from Middle Ages and Renaissance, decorative arts
from 17th-18th centuries, Crown Diamonds, 19th century
items and furniture, Napoleon III apartments, etc.
This collection covers the history of European painting
from mid-13th century to mid-19th century. They are
divided into three main groups: French School, which has
the largest number of works, Italian and Spanish School,
and Northern European Schools (German, Flemish and Dutch