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Museé du Louvre

The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre) which began as a fortress built in the late 12th century under Philip II. Remnants of the fortress are visible in the basement of the museum. The building was extended many times to form the present Louvre Palace. In 1682, Louis XIV chose the Palace of Versailles for his household, leaving the Louvre primarily as a place to display the royal collection, including, from 1692, a collection of antique sculpture. In 1692, the building was occupied by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres and the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, which in 1699 held the first of a series of salons. The Académie remained at the Louvre for 100 years. During the French Revolution, the National Assembly decreed that the Louvre should be used as a museum, to display the nation's masterpieces.
The museum opened on 10 August 1793 with an exhibition of 537 paintings, the majority of the works being royal and confiscated church property. Because of structural problems with the building, the museum was closed in 1796 until 1801. The size of the collection increased under Napoleon and the museum was renamed the Musée Napoléon. After the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo, many works seized by his armies were returned to their original owners. The collection was further increased during the reigns of Louis XVIII and Charles X, and during the Second French Empire the museum gained 20,000 pieces. Holdings have grown steadily through donations and gifts since the Third Republic. As of 2008, the collection is divided among eight curatorial departments: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; Prints and Drawings.

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meekam tam19-Oct-2012 13:22
Beautiful wide angle image,Jose! The beauty of this magnificent architecture is very well shown in your work! V
Bernard Bosmans19-Oct-2012 02:46
Terrific capture of this fabulous place, such a wonderful expansive view. V.
Dennis Hoyne19-Oct-2012 02:24
Outstanding! A beautiful historical structure, a value to the whole world.
Hank Vander Velde18-Oct-2012 23:53
A beautiful well composed image Jose.
bill friedlander18-Oct-2012 23:32
Great view of this famous place! Nice to see the relationship between the inverted pyramid and the rest of the complex. V
Chris Spracklen18-Oct-2012 23:12
Fine capture of this august architecture, Jose. *V*
Graeme18-Oct-2012 22:59
Great composure, Jose.BV
Patricia Kay18-Oct-2012 22:52
Fabulous image Jose...BV
Guest 18-Oct-2012 21:57
Something to rival the Met. Handsome museum.
Jim Coffman18-Oct-2012 20:35
AMAZING!!! Great capture..
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