Throwback Thursday • Vintage paris
Le Musée du Louvre
The Louvre, originally constructed as a fortress in the late 12th century, was modified in the 14th century by Charles V to become a royal residence. It eventually fell into disrepair until 1527 when Francis I demolished the original structure and constructed a lavish Renaissance-style compound. This expansion carried on for a century until the Palace of Versailles was completed and the court’s base left Paris. The unfinished building was once again left to fall into disrepair until the fall of the Monarchy at the start of the French Revolution in 1789.
Opened to the public in 1793 as a museum to show 500 or so works of art collected by the royal family, the Louvre now reportedly has amassed over 380,000 items including paintings, sculptures, jewelry among various historical pieces and antiquities.
A few interesting bits of information you can find more details about here…
• The Louvre was a clearinghouse for Nazi-stolen art during WW2
• Naploeon temporarily renamed the museum after himself
• Napoleon once had the Mona Lisa hung on his bedroom wall. And, she was once stolen from the Louvre.