Visiting the Louvre? Make sure to see these works.
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This portrait of an unnamed woman speaks volumes about slavery, politics, and gender in revolutionary France.
Such a tease! This ambiguous portrait plays psychological and optical games with the viewer.
Shown with an architectural plan in his lap, this prince constructed temples to the gods and likenesses of himself.
Mary’s swaying hip, elongated neck, and tender touch of the Christ Child all imbue this golden sculpture with grace. A pomegranate signals death.
Artificial? Moi? This genuine portrait of familial affection challenged assumptions about the aristocracy.
This energetic image of military victory captures a moment of transition between classical and Byzantine art.
Animal sacrifice played an important role in ancient Roman religion, but what was involved in the preparation?
Perrault’s unified design updated the columns of ancient temples to suit modern French taste.
Complete with barnyard guests, this rural wedding party embodies the Enlightenment idea of “natural” man.
In style and story, this rigorously organized canvas looked back to antiquity; it soon became an icon of Revolution.
Winged, human-headed bulls served as guardians of the city and its palace—walking by, they almost seem to move.
Bits of the Parthenon have been spirited all over the world—in Paris, a fragment shows religious life in Athens.