Did you know that today (10 August) is Louvre’s birthday? In 1793 it was first opened to public, demonstrating 537 paintings, 124 marble and bronze sculptures and ‘variety of other objects’. Organizers of Louvre knew people didn’t want a lesson in art history, but a direct contact with great art pieces!
So why don’t celebrate the day looking through the works from the museum’s collection?
This how Louvre could have looked, if Louis XIV had accepted Bernini’s project of the building. Unfortunately, it was turned down because Louis and his financial advisor Jean-Baptise Colbert considered them too Italianate or too Baroque in style!
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