I visit every time I’m in Paris – they always have interesting shows, and I usually buy a book or two… (unfortunately they have a badly designed website and it’s not up to date).
A beautiful glass covered courtyard with sculpture…
The monumental statuary displayed here was carved for the park of the Château de Marly. Most of the works were commissioned by Louis XIV at the end of his reign. However, the courtyard is dominated by Guillaume Coustou’s celebrated Horses of Marly, completed in 1745 under Louis XV. — louvre.fr
Le musée d’Orsay is my favourite museum, point final. It was a railway station for less than 100 years (construction finished in 1900) before being abandoned. It was used by Orson Welles in 1962 as a set for his film version of Franz Kafka’s “The Trial” before eventually being turned into a museum that opened in 1986. Wikipedia has an interesting article on the history of the building.
It is full of mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915, including painting, sculpture, furniture, and photography.
62, rue de Lille, 75343
M° Solférino, RER C Musée d’Orsay
Palais de Tokyo
13 avenue du Président-Wilson, 75016
We must visit this year. It will have reopened in April after a major renovation. The New York Times has an interesting article on the renovation.
To make the visit to the Louvre manageable, I’ve selected 12 works of art to see. I have to map out the locations of each of these so we can navigate the halls of the Louvre as efficiently as possible or we’ll be there for a month.
Les trois grâces (The three Kharites) is a Roman copy of a Greek statue
Le Radeau de la Méduse (The Raft of the Medusa) by Théodore Géricault
Winged Victory of Samothrace is a sculpture of the Greek goddess Nike (Victory)
The Coronation of Napoleon by Jacques-Louis David (the painting is larger than Napoleon!)
Gabrielle d’Estrées et une de ses sœurs is my favourite painting in the Louvre
La Liberté guidant le peuple (Liberty Leading the People) by Eugène Delacroix
Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss by Antonio Canova (very romantic!)
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Giuseppe Archimboldo’s allegories of the Seasons and the Elements
Femme voilée (La foi?), Antonio Corradini
The Mona Lisa (La Gioconda or La Joconde) by Leonardo Da Vinci
Venus de Milo (Aphrodite of Milos) by Alexandros of Antioch