Paris – Louvre – Long Gallery

NOW proceed into the Long Gallery, which contains in its first compartment works of the high Renaissance masters, transitional from the conventionality of the fifteenth, to the freedom of the sixteenth, and the theatrical tendency of the seventeenth centuries. Begin on the left, and follow that wall as far as the first archway. Francia. Crucifixion, […]

Paris – The Louvre

PARIS, which spread rapidly southward at first, was somewhat slower in its north-ward development. Nevertheless, by the time of Philippe Auguste, the Town (La Ville) — the commercial portion north of the river—more than equalled the learned district on the southern side. This central northern region, however, containing the Hôtel de Ville, St. Eustache, and […]

Paris – Louvre – Salle Des Primitifs And Salle Duchatel

THE collections in the Louvre have no such necessary organic connection with Paris itself as Notre-Dame and the Sainte Chapelle, or even those in the rooms at Cluny. They may, therefore, be examined by the visitor at any period of his visit that he chooses. I would advise him, however, whenever he takes them up, […]

Paris – Louvre – Salon Carre

AFTER having traversed these two rooms the spectator will probably be able to attack the Salon Carré, which contains what are considered by the authorities as the gems of the collection, irrespective of period or country (a very regrettable jumble). Almost all of them, therefore, deserve attention. I shall direct notice here chiefly to those […]

Paris – Louvre – Renaissance Sculpture

THIS collection, one of the most important and interesting among the treasures of the Louvre, occupies a somewhat unobtrusive suite of rooms on the ground floor, and is there-fore too little visited by most passing tourists. It contains three separate sets of plastic work : first, sculpture of the Italian Renaissance, on which the French […]

Paris – Louvre – Modern Sculpture And The Smaller Collections

THE collection of modern sculpture is entered by a separate door in the Cour du Louvre, marked E on Baedeker’s plan. It takes up the development of French plastic art at the point where the last collection leaves off. It is, however, of vastly inferior interest, and should only be visited by those who have […]

The Madonnas In The Louvre

PAY a special visit to the Louvre one day in order to make a detailed study of Madonnas. Before doing so, however, read and digest the following general statement of principles on the subject : People who have not thrown themselves, or thought themselves, or read themselves into the mental attitude of early art, often […]

How To Study The Paintings In The Louvre

ANY other subjects for similar comparative treatment may be found in the Louvre. Pick out for yourself a special theme, such as, for example, the Adoration of the Magi, the Nativity, the Presentation in the Temple, or the Agony in the Garden, and try to follow it out through various examples. Choose also a saint […]

Paris – Louvre – Classical Sculpture

THE sculpture at the Louvre falls into three main divisions, each of which is housed in a separate part of the building. The classical sculpture is approached by the same door as the paintings, and occupies the basement floor of Jean Goujon’s part of the Old Louvre, with the wing beneath the Galerie d’Apollon. The […]

Paris – Louvre – The German, English, And French Schools

AFTER having completed his examination of the Long Gallery, the visitor may next proceed to the five small rooms, —Ix., x., xl., xII., and xIII. on Baedeker’s map, — devoted to the German, English and early French schools. Among the early German works in the second of these rooms, the visitor may particularly notice (22) […]