The Louvre Museum (Musée du Louvre) in Paris, France, is one of the grandest and most renowned museums in the world. The building, a former royal palace, lies in the center of Paris, between the Seine River and the Rue de Rivoli.
The Louvre is most well-known for housing what many consider to be the most famous painting in the world: Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. It is housed in the Salle des Etats in a climate-controlled environment behind bullet proof glass. The room where the Mona Lisa currently occupies was built especially for the painting at a cost of just over seven million dollars! The painting itself is considered to be priceless and is not able to be insured.
Have you ever noticed how the Mona Lisa has no eyebrows? There are two theories about why she does not have eyebrows:
- During restoration and cleaning someone accidentally removed her eyebrows. OR
- Da Vinci is known as the ultimate perfectionist as a result many of his paintings remained unfinished. Many believe that the Mona Lisa is one such painting.
The other well known piece of art is the Venus de Milo. Apart from its stunning beauty what makes this sculpture so precious is the mystery surrounding its missing arms which has been the subject of many discussions. There is also the mystery surrounding who Venus de Milo is. Many people assume that she is Aphrodite simply because of her half nakedness and her curvaceous figure though this is yet to be confirmed.
THINGS TO KNOW
- Since September 14, 2005, the Louvre museum has gradually forbidden the taking of photos of its artworks.
- Don’t forget the museum is closed on Tuesdays!
- You can buy tickets online to avoid the summer lines. They will be mailed to US addresses and can not be picked up at the museum.