The Louvre: The History, The Collections, The Architecture

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This gorgeous tome celebrates an enduring institution and the magnificent works of art that it houses. Rather than showing isolated images of artworks, the book situates them in the beautiful galleries and spaces where they live, giving the reader an experience similar to being at the Louvre.

Genevi?ve Bresc-Bautier

This gorgeous tome celebrates an enduring institution and the magnificent works of art that it houses. Rather than showing isolated images of artworks, the book situates them in the beautiful galleries and spaces where they live, giving the reader an experience similar to being at the Louvre.

The Louvre also explores the history of the museum building, an architectural masterpiece that dates back eight centuries. It began in the Middle Ages as a fortress, then became a royal residence and continued to expand and, thanks to the work of brilliant architects and painters, continued to develop. In 1793, the Louvre confirmed its status as a “temple of the arts” when it became the first national museum open to the public. Rooted in the old royal collection, its holdings have since benefitted from acquisitions, archaeological discoveries, donations, and bequests. Centuries of growth, evolution, and transformation culminated in the 1980s with the Grand Louvre?project, symbolized by I.M. Pei's world-famous and critically acclaimed modernist pyramid.


  • Hardcover
  • 616 pages
  • 9.49 ? 2.07 ? 13.25 inches
  • Published 2020