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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The splendours of Uzbekistan's oases

23 November 2022 6 March 2023
This exhibition takes visitors on a fascinating journey to the crossroads of civilisations, in the heart of central Asia, in Uzbekistan, where Samarkand and Bokhara are household names. But many other trading posts in the region brought to light works of art that are now listed as objects of world heritage....

Things, a history of still lifes

12 October 2022 23 January 2023
The exhibition Things, authored by Laurence Bertrand Dorléac, proposes a new take on what was long seen as a minor genre, whose name - 'still life' - is intriguing in itself. Depictions of things, which date back to prehistoric times, are a wonderful window into history. Artists were the first to take things seriously by recognising their presence, imbuing them with life, glorifying their forms and meanings, their...

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...

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