“The Louvre is the book in which we learn to read.” - Paul Cezanne, French Artist and Post-Impressionist Painter
The Louvre, the world’s largest art museum, was officially opened to the public for the first time on this day in 1793 in Paris, France with just 537 paintings exhibited. The Louvre now contains almost half a million objects and has more than 38,000 works of art on display across eight curatorial departments: Near Eastern Antiquities, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan & Roman Antiquities, Islamic Art, Sculptures, Decorative Arts, Paintings, and Prints & Drawings. Housed in a former royal palace and featuring an iconic pyramid entrance designed by famed architect I.M. Pei, The Louvre is a cultural landmark for the French and one of Europe’s most popular tourist attractions. The world’s most visited museum, The Louvre is a must-see bucket list item for any art enthusiast, attracting more than 10 million visitors annually.