Louvre Museum; It is the largest art museum in the world. It is located in the Louvre Palace in Paris, the capital of France.
There is a wide range of collections from prehistoric times to the 21st century. Approximately, 38,000 historical artworks are exhibited in an area of 72,735 square meters.
9.6 million visitors in 2019, makes it the most visited museum in the world. There are many masterpieces in the Louvre Museum that are not exhibited, still.
Unfortunately, there is no possibility to present and depict all the works with an article. Therefore, we will introduce 10 masterpieces that you need to see while visiting the Louvre museum.
1- Did you know that the Mona Lisa painting is on display at the Louvre Museum?
The painting is still on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris under the title Portrait of the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, Mona Lisa. The masterpiece is the most known painting among the public.
Every year, millions of people visit the Louvre Museum to examine closely the Mona Lisa. One of the reasons why it is so famous is paintings mysterious smile. It looks like she smiles at you until you look at her head.
2-The Winged Victory of Samothrace (Nike)
Although, this sculpture has no arms is one of the top masterpieces of the Louvre Museum. The statue, which is considered as one of the most important and beautiful examples of the Hellenic period, is thought to have affected Western art, especially sculpture art.
The Winged Victory Statue or Winged Victory Monument is that the 3rd century BC marble statue of Nike, the goddess of victory in Greek mythology.
The statue, referred to as the Semadirek Winged Victory or Semadirek Nike, has been on display at the Louvre in Paris since 1884. The statue, which is taken into account together of the foremost important and delightful samples of the Hellenic period, assumed to possess affected Western art.
3- The Wedding at Cana (1563)
The painting is the most known work of Paolo Veronese, one of the most important Italian representatives of the Renaissance period. This painting, which is not as popular as the Mona Lisa, is actually a masterpiece of the museum with its details.
The Wedding at Cana is about the rotation of water into wine, which is accepted as Jesus’ first miracle as a prophet. That is the masterpiece of the Louvre Museum with its appellation as the largest oil painting.
4- Venus de Milo (100 BC)
Everyone knows a few details about the goddess of beauty, Aphrodite. If you visit the Louvre Museum you should see the sculpture which has become the masterpiece of the museum.
It is not known why the statue’s arms are missing. During the excavations, the arms could not be found. Only, the metal details on masterpiece’s arms show that it had arms, originally.
The ancient Greek statue, depicting was discovered in 1820 by a French naval officer on the island of Milos. The marble statue, which was said to have been created by Alexandros in the late 2nd century, is famous for its Hellenistic art effects. According to the Greeks, her name is Aphrodite, for the Romans is Venus.
5- Great Sphinx of Tanis
If you are interested in “Egyptian Art” masterpieces, then meet the Great Tanis Sphinx. The sphinx, one of the most popular masterpieces of the Louvre, with the head of the king and the lion’s body, is one of the greatest sphinx artefacts that found outside of Egypt.
This giant statue, located among the ruins of the Amun Temple in Tanis in 1825, weighs 26 tons.
6- Liberty Leading the People (Delacroix)
Being a masterpiece of France is an indisputable fact for the painting. The painting has been finished off by inspiring the French Revolution by the painter Delacroix.
According to rumour, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi (French sculptor) was inspired by Delacroix, while he was making the Statue of Liberty, America in 1886.
7-The Raft Of The Medusa (Le Radeau de la Méduse)
Painter Théodore Géricault had completed the masterpiece between 1818 and 1819. Théodore Géricault was only 27 years old when he had finished painting, he passed away at the aged of 32.
The length of this painting is 491 cm, the width is 716 cm (193.3 inches × 282.3 inches). The painting depicts the desperate passengers of a frigate of the Medusa.
According to the accounts of one the survivors; Before their rescue, they saw a ship on the horizon and tried to signal to it. However, the ship disappears, the clergy “had deep despair and sorrow from a wild bliss.” The ship named Argus returns two hours later and saves the survivors.
8- The Coronation of Napoleon (Le Sacre de Napoléon)
Let us specify that: the size of the painting is almost “10 meters”. This giant masterpiece was completed in “1807” in 2 years.
At the coronation ceremony that took place at the Notre Dame Cathedral on 2 December 1804, Napoleon’s wife -Josephine de Beauharnais- was crowned and the painting depicts that event.
The masterpiece contains a lot of aristocratic people of the period such as; Papa Pius VII, minister of war Louis-Alexandre Berthier, minister of foreign affairs Talleyrand and more.
9- Dying Slave (Michelangelo)
The Dying Slave is one of the most famous statues of Michelangelo which is displayed on the Louvre Museum. The sculpture has been created between 1513 and 1515. This masterpiece in the Louvre Museum is made entirely of marble and it has a height of 2.15 meters.
10- Sleeping Hermaphroditus
The Sleeping Hermaphroditus, created in 1620 by Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini. It is a rare and ancient marble sculpture that has not been damaged too much despite its age.
At first glance, you might think this masterpiece depicts a young and beautiful woman lying down but it is actually a man.
Once upon a time, according to the myth; a fairy saw Hermaphroditus and fell in love with him. Whatever the fairy did, she could not make him fall in love with her. The Fairy got angry and prayed to the Gods; “I wish he would fall in love with me, and no matter what we’ll never be apart.”
And the Gods, upon hearing her wish, decided to combine the bodies of both the fairy and Hermaphroditus into a single person. That’s the reason why Hermaphroditus has two genders.
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