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The Louvre Museum

The Louvre Museum

The Louvre museum contains approximately 6,000 European paintings and was originally designed as a palace. It has been influenced by major events in the French history and has experienced changes and additions to the original structure by many architects and decorators.

Its collection, which ranges from Egyptian art of 5000 BC to XIXth century work, is divided into seven departments: Oriental and Islamic Antiquities; Egyptian Antiquities; Greek, Roman and Etruscan Antiquities; Painting; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; and Graphic Arts.

The Louvre which began as a fortress built in the late XIIth century. The building was extended many times to form the present Louvre Palace. In 1682, Louis XIV chose the Palace of Versailles for his household, leaving the Louvre primarily as a place to display the royal collection, including, from 1692, a collection of antique sculpture. Throughout the XVIIth century, as France assumed a dominant role in Europe, the Louvre's holdings increased dramatically. Particularly important acquisitions during this period were major works by the great Dutch and Flemish painting masters.
During the French Revolution, the National Assembly decreed that the Louvre should be used as a museum, to display the nation's masterpieces.The central position held by the Louvre in the artistic life was magnified by Napoleon I, who began its Egyptian collection. The overall museum complex was completed under Napoleon III (1852-70). Subsequently, the Louvre expanded its collections greatly through gifts and bequests. Its departments now include Oriental (ancient Mesopotamian), Greek and Roman, and Egyptian antiquities; sculptures from the Middle Age to modern times; furniture and objets d'art; and European paintings and drawings.

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