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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A Dream of Italy The Marquis Campana's Collection

7 November 2018 18 February 2019
The Musée du Louvre and the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg are joining forces for an outstanding exhibition based on the collection built up by the Marquis Campana mostly between the 1830s and the 1850s. For the first time since its dispersion in 1861, the exhibition will provide a comprehensive overview of the 19th century's largest private collection....

With over 12,000 archaeological objects, paintings, sculptures, and objets d'art, and comprising both ancient and modern artefacts, it was a rich, diverse collection of the highest quality.

After a high-profile trial in which Campana was convicted of embezzlement in 1857, the collection was seized and sold by the Papal States. The sensation sparked by its subsequent dispersal throughout Europe was testament to its importance in the Italian and European cultural consciousness. A significant part of the Campana collection was purchased in 1861 by Tsar Alexander II, enriching the collections of the State Hermitage Museum. The rest of the collection-over 10,000 works-was purchased by Napoleon III and shared between the Musée du Louvre and various regional museums.

Chiaroscuro Engraving

18 October 2018 14 January 2019
Bringing together in an unprecedented way nearly 120 prints, preserved in the most important Parisian collections as well as emblematic loans from French and foreign museums, the exhibition traces both a technique and a particular aesthetic of the print: chiaroscuro engraving, also called in color. It offers a chronological and geographical panorama through masterpieces engraved by or after the greatest masters of...

Archaeology goes graphic

26 September 2018 1 July 2019
The Petite Galerie - the museum's artistic and cultural education space - offers an exhibition that brings together archaeology and comics, an art form invited for this fourth edition. A hundred works, a selection of plates of authors inspired by archaeology (such as Jul, Enki Bilal, Nicolas de Crécy...) will allow the public to sneak into the steps of the curious, amateurs and archaeologists, to discover...

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