Former palace of the Kings of France, the Louvre Museum presents vast and rich collections: in all, more than 38.000 works of the ancient civilizations around the Mediterranean, the arts of Islam and Western art from the Middle Ages to 1848. The most famous artworks include the Mona Lisa, the Victory of Samothrace or the Venus de Milo, but also the squatting Scribe, the Code Hammurabi, or Vermeer’s Lacemaker.

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16th Century Bolognese Drawings in the Louvre Collections

22 September 2022 9 January 2023
This exhibition accompanies the publication of volume 12 of the Inventaire Général des Dessins Italiens, devoted to 16th-century Bolognese drawings in the Louvre collections. It presents drawings produced by Bologna-born artists or those who made the city their adopted home, all active before the arrival of the Carracci family. A selection of forty-four sheets shines a light on the evolution of Bolognese drawing all...

The Golden Age of the Portuguese Renaissance

10 June 2022 10 October 2022
In Lisbon, the capital of the kingdom facing the ocean, the arrival of Flemish painters influenced the history of European painting. After the first lights of Nuno Gonçalves (active from 1450 and before 1492), the Lisbon workshops, federated around Jorge Afonso (active between 1504 and 1540), adopted a new way of painting, based on a perfect mastery of the oil technique. These painters combined bluish landscapes...

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