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The Louvre . . .
  • is located on the bank of the Seine River, Paris, France.
  • was originally constructed as the fortress of Philippe Auguste in 1190.
  • was modernised by Charles V (r. 1364-1380) and developed into one of the largest palace complexes in the world.
  • was established as the Louvre museum in 1793 by the French Republic .
  • houses more than 6000 European paintings dating from the 13th century to the19th century.
  • has an inventory of 130000 prints and drawings. This is its largest collection.
  • has other collections including Islamic art , Oriental Antiquities, Egyptian Antiquities, and Greek Antiquities with pieces that date back as far as the seventh millenium B.C.

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Book Review
Paintings in the Louvre
by Sir Lawrence Gowing CBC (1918-1991)

Sir Lawrence Gowing, the highly regarded British painter, art historian, teacher and author, has created the optimum record of the Louvre and its masterpieces. This is the art lovers ultimate coffee table book with over 800 color illustrations depicting the treasures of the Louvre.

The text provides a plethera of information beginning with an introduction by Michel Laclotte who at the time of writing was Director General of the Louvre and head Curator of the department of paintings. Michael takes us through the architectural history of the Musee du louvre that stretches over 8 centuries from its beginnings as a palace to modern day museum.

Sir Lawrence provides the body of the text as 115 short essays on artists and their art, each essay is a work of art in its self, informative and entertaining.

Paintings in the Louvre is a very important art resource and a valuable addition to the literature collection of any art enthusiast.

Selected Images from Paintings in the Louvre
Supper at Emmaus
The Carrying of the Cross

Simone Martini
The Oath of the Horati

Jacque-Louis David
Anne of Cleves
Hans Holbein
Charles I, King of England Hunting

Anthony Van Dyck
Landscape with Distant River with Bay

Joseph Turner
Gowing, L. (1987) Paintings in the Louvre New York, U.S.A. Stewart, Tabor & Chang.

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