Five Must-see Works Of Art At The Louvre In Paris

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Ah, the museum! So much to see, so little time. With the crowds and the queues, you’re often pressed for time at busy museums, especially one as famous as the Louvre. When you mention to that you’ve been to the Louvre, there are several key pieces most people as about. If you’re pressed for time, here are a few masterpieces worth the long queue.

The Mona Lisa
TYM-Article-Month3-French-Pic1The Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo, is one of the most recognized paintings in the world, bewitching  art lovers with her enigmatic gaze. First-time vistors often make it a point to at least see the Mona Lisa – one of the museum’s so-called three great ladies. The other two are the Venus de Milo, and the Victory of Samothrace.

Venus de Milo
TYM-Article-Month3-French-Pic2Did you know that Venus is the Roman name for the goddess Aphrodite? This sculpture of Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, was discovered on the Greek island of Melos in 1820, hence the name Venus de Milo. The marble statue is dated to 100 BC, and depicts the ideal beauty as described by ancient Greek philosophers.

Chapel of the Tomb of Akhethetep
TYM-Article-Month3-French-Pic3Akhethotep was a royal official in ancient Egypt, some 4,500 years ago. Georges Aaron Bénédite, one of three archaeologists who found this ancient tomb in Saqqara, purchased and brought over a decorated section of the tomb chapel, which he later reassembled in the Louvre. The chapel shows carvings of hippo hunts, fishermen, bird-catchers and other details of life in ancient Egypt, including Akhethotep himself directing the building of the tomb.

Code of Hammurabi
TYM-Article-Month3-French-Pic4This tablet depicting Babylonian law code dates back to about 1772 BC, and is one of the oldest deciphered writings of significant length in the world. It is carved using cuneiform script in the ancient Akkadian language. There are 282 laws carved on 44 columns and 28 paragraphs on the slab of black basalt.

Liberty Leading the People
TYM-Article-Month3-French-Pic5This painting by Eugène Delacroix depicts the Paris uprising in 1830. A woman personifying Liberty leads the revolutionaries forward over the bodies of the falle. Did you know that the tricolor flag of the French revolution she is holding is still France’s flag today? If you are not an art enthusiast and are wondering why the painting looks so familiar, it’s because the British band Coldplay used it as an album cover art on Viva La Vida.

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