The Louvre in Paris is one of the most famous museums in the world and set an absolute record in 2018 with 10.2 million visitors. The tradition-rich house owes its great popularity not least to the abundance of world-famous works such as the "Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci, the painting "Liberty Leading the People" by Eugène Delacroix or the stone sculpture "Venus de Milo". A total of around 35,000 objects are permanently on display here, with roughly ten times as many in the collection.
In total, the Louvre encompasses nine departments, including the painting collection, the Egyptian antiquities, the sculpture collection and the collection of drawings and prints. But it is not only the works of art but the building itself is a sight to behold. The present museum’s location was built as a fortress in the 12th century, served as a royal residence for many centuries and was officially declared an exhibition house in 1873. In the 1980s, the building complex was thoroughly renovated and redesigned, including the addition of its striking glass pyramid in the inner courtyard.
The originals of the artworks shown here are on display at the Louvre.