The Louvre is one of my favorite places to visit in Paris. Inside, the famous Mona Lisa sits on the wall for all to look at, in addition to The Coronation of Napoleon, Liberty Leading the People by Eugene Delacroix and many others. What are my favorites and ones to see if you’re visiting? Read on.
The Mona Lisa
Shielded behind bulletproof glass, Leonardo da Vinci’s famed Mona Lisa is one of the most recognizable art pieces on earth. It has been described as “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world. The Mona Lisa is also one of the most valuable paintings in the world. It holds the Guinness World Record for the highest known insurance valuation in history at US$100 million in 1962 (equivalent to $650 million in 2018).
Landscape inspired by the View of Frascati
This large composition by Michallon, winner of the Prix du Rome for historical landscape in 1822, was executed in the studio after a first impression from nature. The perspective is panoramic and the picturesque quality of the figures suggest that Michallon was intimate and familiar with the work of 17th-century landscape artists.
Venus de Milo
The Venus de Milo, one of the Louvre’s most prized art pieces, is an ancient Greek statue and one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture. It was once attributed to the sculptor Praxiteles, but from an inscription that was on its plinth, the statue is now thought to be the work of Alexandros of Antioch. The statue was created sometime between 130 and 100 BC, and is believed to depict Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. But, some art scholars say that it is the sea-goddess Amphitrite, venerated on Milos.
It is a marble sculpture, slightly larger than life size at 203 cm (6 ft 8 in) high. Part of an arm and the original plinth were lost following its discovery. It is currently on permanent display at the Louvre Museum.
Les Noces de Cana by Paolo Veronese
Veronese created this remarkable painting in 1563, commissioned by the Benedictine San Giorgio Maggiore Monastery in Venice. The immense 70-square-meter painting covers an entire wall of the Louvre gallery from floor to ceiling; originally it was intended to decorate the refectory of the monastery.