Virtually explore the Louvre with Smarthistory as your guide
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Napoleon masterfully manipulated his image, and this painting meant for Parisian audiences is pure propaganda.
Delacroix's orientalist fantasy exhibited to great acclaim in the Paris Salon.
On the island of Samothrace, the wind whipped the clothing of this stone goddess of victory.
Géricault’s massive canvas takes its format from history painting, but its subject is ripped from the headlines.
This ivory triptych was an object of prayer and a vision of paradise for Byzantine viewers following iconoclasm
Peter Paul Rubens, The Apotheosis of Henry IV and the Proclamation of the Regency of Marie de’ Médici
The painting is an overwhelming and learned piece of artistic propaganda.
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.