The Musée du Louvre is home to a treasure trove of artworks, ranging from the prehistoric period to the 19th Century. The former royal palace is a maze of exhibit floors housing an extensive collection, which comprises paintings, statues, photographs, artifacts, and interior murals. Millions of people take the Louvre Museum tours each year. It would take you at least 72 hours to visit each room in the museum. To enjoy the experience of a Louvre guided tour to the fullest, make it a point to visit these spectacular rooms.
French History at the Denon Wing
More than one French monarch selected some of the works of art displayed in the Musée du Louvre. The galleries 75 to 77 of the Denon Wing house historical French paintings. Some of the masterful paintings in this section of the national museum throw light on important historical turning points, such as “The Coronation of Napoleon” by Jacques Louis David, and “Liberty Leading the People” by Eugène Delacroix. The first painting depicts the coronation of Napoleon Bonaparte as the Emperor of France, and the second one represents the July Revolution of 1830, or the rebellion against Charles X of France.
Another period piece in the first floor of the museum wing is “The Raft of the Medusa.” This painting by Théodore Géricault depicts the moment in France’s naval history when a warship with hundreds of soldiers on board, wrecked off the coast of what was then Senegal. This set off an ordeal for soldiers, who endured several days without water or food and fought for existence, even while some of them reverted to cannibalism. Géricault depicts on canvas the vain hope of the sailors, and the figure of a rescue boat that sails away.
Hellenistic Figurines at the Denon Wing and the Sully Wing
The Sully Wing houses statues, including those of female figures, in rooms sixteen and seventeen. This is where the “Venus de Milo” statue is housed, which scholars presume to be of an ancient Greek goddess. According to scholarly findings, the statue without arms and suggestive nudity is one of Aphrodite. This statue, and the Mona Lisa painting, are two of the most frequently photographed artworks by those on a Louvre guided tour.
In the seventeenth room of the Sully Wing, you will find the Italian marble figure “Sleeping Hermaphroditos.” The likeness of Hermaphroditos rests on a sculpted mattress and looks like that of a female when you see it from a side, and a male from the other. Turn around and climb up to the Denon Wing and you will see “Winged Victory of Samothrace” on the Daru Staircase.
Italian Renaissance and Roman Artworks at the Denon Wing
The Denon Wing houses some world-famous western paintings and ancient Roman sculptures. When exploring its first, second, and third rooms you will come across the fresco paintings by Sandro Botticelli. Start from there, continue to the Grande Galerie for Italian paintings collection, and then proceed to room number 711 to see the Mona Lisa. This is the room where those on a Louvre Guided tour take selfies with Lisa Gherardini’s portrait in the frame. If that gallery is crowded with shutterbugs drawn to the world-famous masterpiece, it may be wise to go back to the Grande Galerie to explore other paintings by the Italian Renaissance painter and “Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione” by Raphael. If you can find room to move around the Mona Lisa room, you can find the paintings by Titian, just behind the masterpiece.
The Egyptian Antiquities at the Sully Wing
In the ground floor of the Louvre Museum wing, you can see its extensive collection of Egyptian antiquities comprising artifacts, sarcophagi, statues and paintings. Its notable objects are Egyptian sarcophagi, perhaps the largest of their kind in a museum. Another interesting object that captivates visitors is the Great Sphinx of Tanis, a sculpture with a human’s head and lion’s body, which traces back to circa 2600 BC. Archeologists say that the sphinx originated from the Old Kingdom of Egypt. Besides, the museum wing is home to model ships, the mummy of a man, and a vitrine filled with mummy cases.
Dutch and Flemish Masterpieces at the Richelieu Wing
Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt van Rijn were two masterful Dutch Golden Age painters. The second floor of the Richelieu Wing is home to “The Astronomer” and “The Lacemaker” by Vermeer, self-portraits and “Bathsheba at Her Bath” by Rembrandt, and other artworks by Flemish and Dutch Old Masters. Rembrandt’s painting of Bathsheba was probably modeled after the painter’s lover, Hendrickje Stoffels. After all, he would not have painted the biblical figure without someone serving as a model. In the surrounding galleries of the museum wing, you can find works by the likes of Peter Paul Rubens, Jan Steen, and Frans Hals.