Saturday, August 10, 2013

On this day in 1793

On this day in 1793 the Palais du Louvre, unoccupied since the end of the Ancien Régime in 1789, reopened as the Musée du Louvre with an exhibition of some 530 paintings. The museum is the most-attended museum in the world with some 15,000 visitors a day. Some photos of my visit there.

Drawing up to the Louvre

One of the corners of the building at the Cour de Carrousel

The front of the main facade of the Louvre with the Pyramide by I.M. Pei in the center of the Cour.

The Richelieu Wing as seen through the Pyramide.

The Main entrance (old) of the Louvre from on of the rooms

Viewing the Cour de Carrousel from one of the windows. Looking out through the windows of places like this makes me feel a little more "tuned into" the way the places look to the people who lived there.

The Nike of Samothrace

A salon in the Napoléon II Appartements

The dining room of the Napoléon II Appartements. I set off an alarn taking this photo and was very nicely asked to knock it off.

A large Sèvres porcelain vase showing Napoléon as a Roman being pulled in a chariot.
Rock crystal dressing table of Empress Eugénie

A very nice porcelain Chocolate set

Amazing 4 feet tall silver ewers. The French kings were the recipients of vast quantities of silver from Canada and used the metal in all sorts of decorative ways including these ewers, occasional chairs, occasional tables and even balustrades.

A beautiful view of Paris from the Louvre


  1. Beautiful pics! Me I love the Porcelain Chocolate set!:)