Louvre Museum

The Louvre or the Louvre Museum is the world's largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. It is best known for being the home of the Mona Lisa. It is built in the late 12th to 13th century under Philip II.

The museum opened on 10 August 1793 with an exhibition of 537 paintings, the majority of the works being royal and confiscated church property. The Louvre became a public museum during the French Revolution.

The department of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman antiquities features architecture, sculpture, mosaics, jewelry, and pottery.The department of decorative arts displays the treasures of the French kings—bronzes, miniatures, pottery, tapestries, jewelry, and furniture.The department of Egyptian antiquities was established in 1826 to organize the collections acquired during Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign.The department of Near Eastern antiquities is most important for its collection of Mesopotamian art.

It is the world’s most-visited art museum, with a collection that spans work from ancient civilizations to the mid-19th century.The Louvre’s painting collection is one of the richest in the world. Every year, the Louvre now raises as much as it gets from the state, about €122 million.

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