Visiting one of the world’s biggest museums is rewarding and this is something you experience when in Paris. Just like its size, the collection is gigantic with about 380,000 artworks but only 35,000 works are on display. Due to the many options you have, it makes more sense to know the collections that are a must-see. Most of them are famous not only in France but also across the globe. Once here, it is easy to see why the museum is considered as one of the world’s best.
Liberty Leading the People
When visiting the Louvre Museum, you must see the unofficial painting of the country. This is the Liberty Leading the People that depicts the female in the painting leading the 1830 July Revolution. As Marianne (the name of the character on the artwork) stands, bodies can be seen on the ground. This speaks briefly about France’s civil war that went on for 40 years.
Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss
This painting depicts a classical romance between Psyche and Cupid. Cupid, a daughter of an unknown queen and king is said to have been the most beautiful girl around. Cupid, on the other hand, had love arrows and wings and she fell in love with Psyche. There are several versions of the couple in different museums across Europe. This particular painting by Antonio Canova and commissioned by Colonel John Campbell in the 18th century is one of the paintings that is a must see at the Louvre Museum.
The Raft of the Medusa
This is a unique painting all together that speaks about the wreck of Frigate Meduse, a French ship that sank in Mauritania in the 19th century. It defines Raft of the Medusa, a French Romanticism when about 151 were set adrift in a raft only for most of them to end up dead. Murder, heavy drinking, and cannibalism were practiced during the time that also saw the sailors starve. The oil painting is the work of Theodore Gericault, a French lithographer, and romantic painter.
The Mona Lisa
Who would ever miss seeing this painting? This is actually the world’s most famous artworks by Leonardo da Vinci, an Italian Renaissance artist and history has it as the highest insured painting ever. The technique that Da Vinci used to create the paint is something no one could do at that time. He was able to bring out a sense of 3D in La Gioconda. Its popularly known as La Gioconda as it is believed to be an image of Francesco del Giocondo’s wife.
The Mona Lisa is much smaller in real life than it often appears in photos.