However, there are many people who have other tourist attractions in Paris and don’t spend much time in the Louvre.
In this article, I will show you the highlights of the Louvre and where the famous works are located, and I will even explain how you can get around in two hours, so if you want to make the most of your time at the Louvre, please refer to this article.
- This is all you need to see! 6 famous works of the Louvre
- It is important to know which museum and on which floor the work you want to see is located
- Here’s how to get around the Louvre in 2 hours
- A summary of the Louvre’s admission fees and opening hours
- How crowded is the Louvre? By far the best time to go is in the morning
- Pickpocketing around famous works of art?
- Enjoy the Louvre with a good grasp of the famous works
- How to book a trip to Paris at a discount
This is all you need to see! 6 famous works of the Louvre
If you go to the Louvre, the following 6 works are a must-see.
A recommended way to get around the Louvre is to enjoy the rest of the paintings at your own leisure after knowing these six works.
・Delacroix’s Statue of Liberty leading the people
・The Coronation of Napoleon I
・Venus de Milo
1. Mona Lisa
By Leonardo da Vinci. You can see the paintings in the Louvre up close, but only the Mona Lisa is in bulletproof glass, so you can’t see it up close.
It was smaller than I had imagined, and I could only see it from a little distance. Even so, I was fascinated by the mysterious atmosphere of the woman depicted.
Look at this
The woman’s eyes.
It is said that it looks as if you are looking at a woman’s eyes from every angle.
This picture was drawn using a new technique in which the corners of the mouth and the eyes are clearly drawn instead of clearly outlining them.
Look at the contrast between the woman and the background.
The background depicts a frozen mountain range. The contrast of light and dark is said to be Leonardo’s unique style.
2. Delacroix’s “Statue of Liberty Leading the People”
This painting by Eugène Delacroix is based on the French July Revolution of 1830.
The powerful composition of this work is very attractive. It made me stop in my tracks.
Look at this
The woman in the center is Marianne, a woman who symbolizes France.
The woman in the center is Marianne, a symbol of France. She is depicted on Euro coins and stamps, and is known as the Statue of Liberty.
The man in the silk hat behind the woman is Delacroix himself?
Delacroix started working on this painting after experiencing the historic event of the July Revolution.
Therefore, it is often explained that the man in the silk hat may be Delacroix himself. It is often explained that the man may be Delacroix himself.
3. The Coronation of Napoleon I
By Jacques-Louis David. He was Napoleon I’s chief painter.
It is a very large painting and most people see it from a distance, but try to see it from as close as possible. The dresses and furs are beautifully detailed.
・It is Napoleon’s coronation, but is it his wife who is being crowned?
In the actual coronation of Napoleon I, it seems that he called the Pope to Paris and placed the crown on his own head.
Normally, the crown is given from a person of higher rank to a person of lower rank, but it seems that Napoleon placed the crown on his own head.
However, if this scene were to be painted as it is, it would look too dictatorial, so it was modified in the final stage of production to create the current composition.
Look at the color of the dresses of the women on the left.
There is a reproduction of the same size by David himself in the Palace of Versailles. In the Louvre, all the women are dressed in white, but in the Versailles painting, only one of them is dressed in pink.
4. Venus de Milo
It was created at the end of the second century BC in ancient Greece and discovered in 1820. The statue of a graceful woman is enchanting to the viewer.
Imagine the gesture of a woman.
This statue was found without arms, but its gesture has become a mystery.
Whether she was holding a bow or propped up on her elbows has been the subject of much debate.
The woman’s arms are still a mystery to this day. It would be more interesting to imagine what kind of gesture she might have been doing.
5. Niké of Samothrace
It was created around 190 BCE and excavated in 1863. The powerful wings spread wide are a sight to behold.
Look at this
Wings and clothes fluttering in the wind.
The Samothrace Nike seems to have stood at the time as the ship’s owner. This is why her clothes and wings are represented as fluttering in the wind. Please take a closer look.
6. Vermeer’s Woman Knitting Lace
This painting by Johannes Vermeer is very popular in Japan. The Woman Knitting Lace” is said to be the smallest of Vermeer’s works, and I was really surprised at how small the painting was.
However, it is said that the smallness of this painting creates an intimate atmosphere with this woman.
It is true that if this painting had been bigger, I might not have felt such an intimate atmosphere with this woman.
Look at this
The fineness of the work the woman makes.
The work that the woman is making and the threads between her fingers are very finely drawn.
On the contrary, the cushion and thread where the needle is placed in the front of the painting are drawn in a flowing manner and without any detail. It is a characteristic of Vermeer’s paintings that things that should be in focus appear blurred.
The beauty of Vermeer’s unique color tones.
It is said that Van Gogh also praised the color tone of the woman weaving lace.
Van Gogh is said to have praised the colors of the woman weaving the lace. Note the lemon color of the woman’s clothes, the gray of the background, and the blue of the woman’s work, all in perfect harmony.
It is important to know which museum and on which floor the work you want to see is located
The Louvre is made up of three pavilions, which can be accessed from each other.
・Richelieu wing: 2nd floor (3rd floor in Japan): European and French paintings including Vermeer.
・Surrey Wing: 0 floor (1st floor in Japan): Ancient Orient works such as Venus de Milo
・Denon wing: Italian paintings such as the Mona Lisa on the 1st floor (2nd floor in Japan)
It is important to know which floor of the museum the work you want to see is located on.
Basically, the older the work, the lower the floor, and the more modern the work, the higher the floor. If you look at them in order from the bottom floor, you will find more works from the ancient Orient and Egypt.
Here’s how to get around the Louvre in 2 hours
Here’s how to get around the Louvre in the shortest time possible.
You can take pictures of all the works of art in the Louvre, so taking pictures as you go around will leave a lasting impression.
Entry from the Denon wing
After the security check, you will be admitted from under the pyramid as shown below.
3It is divided into three entrances, but Mona Lisa and other items are easily accessible by entering from the Dunong wing, so try to enter from the Denon wing.
References：Map of the Louvre Museum
・Richelieu Wing Entrance
・Sully Wing Entrance
・Denon Wing Entrance
Go to the first floor of the Denon Wing, where the Mona Lisa is located.
First, let’s go for the Mona Lisa. The first floor of the Denon Wing, where the Mona Lisa is located, is a collection of Italian paintings.
This first floor refers to the second floor in Japan.
For famous paintings such as the Mona Lisa, signs saying “Mona Lisa is here” are everywhere with pictures.
Therefore, when you enter the museum, follow the signs and aim for the Mona Lisa first. Follow the arrow on the sign and you’ll find it.
View Delacroix’s works and the coronation of Napoleon I.
There is a coronation of Delacroix and Napoleon I near the Mona Lisa, so you should appreciate these two.
Go down the stairs on the Sully wing side to the Samothrace Nike.
After viewing the Italian paintings on the first floor of the Denon wing, we headed to the Sully wing. If you go down the stairs on the Shree wing side, you will soon find the Samothrace Nickel.
Go further to the Sully wing side to the Venus de Milo
After seeing Nickel, continue to the Sully wing side. This way you can see the Venus de Milo.
Go to the second floor of the Richelieu wing to see Vermeer
Move from the Sully wing to the Richelieu wing. On the Richelieu wing, go up to the second floor and go to the back to see Vermeer’s “The Lace Weaver”.
Next to “The Lace-Wearer” is “The Astronomer,” also by Vermeer. Don’t miss this one, too.
Go back to the basement and browse the souvenir stores.
Return to the basement and take a last look at the souvenir store before leaving.
At the Louvre, you can find many souvenirs based on famous paintings such as the Mona Lisa. (Reference: 42 souvenirs of Paris you can buy from 0.5 euros!
Mona Lisa Goods
Postcards of famous paintings
The one above is more detailed than the free brochure you can get at the Louvre. I also regret that I should have printed this out…
A summary of the Louvre’s admission fees and opening hours
Here is a summary of the Louvre’s admission fees and hours.
Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 9am – 6pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 p.m. (open at night)
Tuesdays, Jan. 1, May 1, Dec. 25
Closed days and opening hours are likely to change, so be sure to check the official website in advance.
Line 1 or Line 7, Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre Station
・Museum pass is valid
・Free for children under 18 years old
・Free on the first Sunday of every month.
・Free admission on the first Sunday of every month – Free admission every Friday night for those under 26
The Louvre has a very long line for tickets, so make sure to buy them online or use a museum pass in advance.
If you don’t want to wait in line, get a priority admission ticket
Even if you have a museum pass, you will have to wait in line to enter the Louvre. I once stood in line for almost an hour.
If you don’t want to wait in line, I recommend buying a priority admission ticket from KKday, a website that offers local tours in over 80 countries around the world.
Reference: [Paris Louvre] Priority admission ticket $21.68.
I always book my tickets through KKday when I travel overseas.
I regret that I shouldn’t have bought them as well, since I can get priority admission without much difference from the official price…
How crowded is the Louvre? By far the best time to go is in the morning
The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world. The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world, and once you enter the museum, it doesn’t seem so crowded because of its spacious interior.
However, the area leading up to the entrance and around the famous works of art is unusually crowded. It is best to go as early as possible in the morning to avoid wasting time.
Be prepared to wait in line to buy tickets and enter the museum
We went at around 9:00am on a day when the museum was open from 9:00am and had to wait in line for over 30 minutes just to get in. We had a museum pass, so we skipped the ticket purchase.
There was a long line to buy tickets, and since the Louvre has security checks, it takes a long time just to enter.
If you don’t want to wait in line, I recommend buying a priority admission ticket.
Reference: [Paris Louvre] Priority admission ticket $21.68.
Crowds around famous works
To be honest, the area around the Mona Lisa and the other famous works mentioned in this article is quite crowded. It is better to go early in the morning, so please try to go as early as possible.
It’s a good idea to go early in the morning and visit the famous works while they are still open, and then go around as much as you like as time permits.
The museum is quite spacious and you can take your time to see everything except the famous works.
Pickpocketing around famous works of art?
The Louvre is said to be quite a victim of pickpocketing; people under the age of 18 are admitted for free, and many people go in there to pickpocket.
Always carry your bag in front of you and keep an eye on it
Always hang your bag with your valuables in front of you.
Keep an eye on your bag when taking pictures.
Be especially careful around famous artworks
Be especially careful around the crowds of famous artworks. The area around the Mona Lisa and Niké is quite crowded.
There is a high possibility that pickpockets are lurking in those crowds.
Enjoy the Louvre with a good grasp of the famous works
In this article, I introduced a way to visit the Louvre in two hours for those who do not have much time.
However, the Louvre has such a large collection that it is said to take a week to see all the works.
After you have seen all the famous works introduced here, feel free to go around as much as you have time for.
You are sure to find your own favorite places and works.
I hope that your time at the Louvre will be a fulfilling one.
Have a nice trip!
How to book a trip to Paris at a discount
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