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Virtual Tour of the Louvre Museum

A Virtual Tour of the Louvre Museum

On May 8th, my French class visited the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. Actually, we did a virtual tour of the place. There were nine available places in the Louvre on camera. They include:

1.    Oriental Antiquities Galleries

2.    Egyptian Antiquities Galleries

3.    Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities Galleries

4.    Sculptures Galleries

5.    Objets d’art Galleries

6.    Paintings Galleries

7.    Prints and Drawings Galleries

8.    Medieval Louvre

9.    Architectural Views

 

After going through many of the galleries and exploring the controls, I found the Mona Lisa in the Paintings Galleries, on the first floor. Then, I found the Winged Victory of Samothrace in the Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities Galleries, on the first floor. Finally, I found the Venus de Milo also in the Greek, Etruscan and roman Antiquities Galleries, on the ground floor.

Here are some pictures of the famous women art works found at the Louvre:

 

Now here are some interesting questions and answers about each of these artworks:

 

Who painted the Mona Lisa?

Leonardo da Vinci.

Approximately when did he paint it?

It was painted around 1503-1519.

What is it painted on?

It is painted on wood and oil was used.

Do we know who the model was?

It was possibly a young Florentine woman named Monna (or Mona) Lisa. It could have also been himself or another man.

Is it a “French” painting?

No-It is Italian

How did it get to the Louvre?

It was probably sold to François I by Leonardo. Then, it went to a French castle named the Louvre. After that, it came to Fontainbleau, Paris. It was owned by Napoleon after he took it from the Louvre, where it was at the time. It was once again returned to the Louvre after Napoleon was banished.

 

Who sculpted the Winged Victory of Samothrace?

It is unknown.

Approximately when was it sculpted?

It was sculpted around 190 B.C. – 2nd century B.C.

What was it fastened to?

The front of a boat

Is it a “French” sculpture?

No-It is Greek

How did it get to the Louvre?

Charles Champoiseau found it on the island of Samothrace in 1820 and sold it to the Louvre.

What has been broken off?

The head has been broken off.

 

 

Who sculpted the Venus de Milo?

It is unknown.

Approximately when was it sculpted?

It was sculpted around 190 B.C.-2nd century B.C.

Where was it re-discovered? When?

It was re-discovered in 1820 at Milo in an underground cavern.

What is it made from?

It is made from Parian marble/stone.

Is it a “French” sculpture?

No-it is Greek

How did it get to the Louvre?

It was transported by sea. King Louis XVIII bought it and gave it to the Louvre.

What has been broken off?

The arms has been broken off.

 

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