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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Pharaoh of the Two Lands - The African story of the kings of Napata

27 April 2022 25 July 2022
In the 8th century BC, a kingdom grew up around the Nubian capital, Napata. In about 730 BC, the Nubian king Piankhy conquered Egypt and founded the 25th Dynasty of Kushite kings, who ruled for more than fifty years over a kingdom stretching from the Nile Delta to the confluence of the White and Blue Niles. The most famous of those kings is the pharaoh Taharqa. The exhibition highlights the importance of this vast...

Giorgio Vasari, The Book of Drawings: Destinies of a mythical collection

30 March 2022 18 July 2022
Giorgio Vasari assembled what was probably the first collection of drawings based on a historical logic: the legendary Libro de' disegni, which appeared in the second edition of the Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects, published in Florence in 1568 by the Giunti....

On June 29, 1574, two days after Vasari's death, the Libro was given by his heirs to the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Francesco I, who had sent for it. It then disappeared. The great collectors and connoisseurs of the 17th and 18th centuries all dreamed of acquiring and believed they possessed drawings of the Libro. The most famous of them all, Pierre-Jean Mariette, was at the source of a historiographic tradition that saw in a certain type of ornamental and architectural montage the sign of a sheet's past belonging to the mythical Vasarian collection. But we know, since 1950, when two great scholars, Arthur Popham and Philip Pouncey, noticed the presence of a mysterious emblem on a "Vasari montage", that things are not so simple.

This exhibition is devoted to the unexpected consequences of this discovery, which is more than half a century old.

From afar. Travelling Materials and Objects

22 September 2021 4 July 2022
Through materials and objects, this exhibition describes exchanges between distant worlds - exchanges often far more ancient than the explorations of the 16th century. Forms, techniques, and themes intertwined to create new objects, reflecting all the complexity of our world as it could be perceived in Europe from the late Middle Ages on....

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