Around the Louvre
Enjoy artwork at your leisure
An invitation to the Louvre

An invitation to the Louvre

There are all sorts of hidden tales and anecdotes to be found in the nooks and crannies of artwork—details which can be easily overlooked at first glance. This page only introduces a tiny fraction of these—visit the Louvre with this software in hand and you’ll hold the key to unlocking all sorts of mysteries!

Q.Why are these ladies looking at each other so suspiciously?
The Cheat with the Ace of Diamonds (Georges de la Tour, c. 1635)
Q.Who's that behind Napoleon?
The Coronation of Napoleon (Workshop of Jacques-Louis David, 1806 or 1807)
Q.Why is this woman's arm resting on a skull?
Eva Prima Pandora (Jean Cousin, c. 1459)
Q.Look at this mysterious text. What could be written here?
The Code of Hammurabi, King of Babylon (1792 - 1750BC)
The history of the Louvre

Did you know that the Louvre was originally neither a museum nor a palace? It was first built as a fortress to defend Paris during the Middle Ages, and it's still possible to see some of its original architecture if you venture underground.

800 years of history have taken place since the Louvre was first constructed, and the great deal of change it has witnessed is certainly worthy of note. Why not set out on your own voyage of discovery and see what you can find?

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