With more than 35,000 objects displayed over a total area of 60,000 square meters, the Louvre Museum is definitely one of the most spectacular places of art display. It has a large collection of artworks in its galleries. However, there are a select few works, which cannot be missed in case you take the Louvre guided tour. Below are the top 10 artworks that stand out among the rest.
Death of the Virgin by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
The world famous painting named Death of a Virgin by Caravaggio depicts the revolutionary aspects of his thinking. Caravaggio, unlike his contemporaries, refused to portray the saints as ideal concepts. Instead, he gave them ugliness and agonies similar to earthlings. The main emotions conveyed in this painting are human grief and despair. The painting also contains distinct usage of fabric paints, and it is a true masterpiece, considering the volume of human emotions that it conveys.
The Coronation of Napoleon by Jacques-Louis David
Jacques-Louis David was the court painter of the Second French regime under Napoleon. He had already established himself as the official painter of the French Revolution. Under Napoleon, he painted a detailed depiction of the emperor. An essential piece for those looking to get more insights into French History, this is a great work of art. Napoleon is portrayed as calm and composed, highlighting the progress of France after the French Revolution.
Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix
Considered to have a life of its own, this is essentially one of the top paintings of the Louvre Museum. This painting has inspired the iconic Statue of Liberty, the movie Les Misérables, as well as Coldplay’s Viva La Vida album cover. It forms the founding mage of France, with the central figure in the painting, Marianne, considered as the symbol of France. Overall, the way in which the liberty, equality, and fraternity are portrayed is unmatched and is still considered one of the best revolutionary paintings ever.
Charles I of England by Anthony van Dyck
Amongst the numerous representations of kings, queens, and soldiers pinned to the walls of the Louvre, you can find the image of Charles I of England sitting apart. The monarch has managed to express the sense of authority and determination of the monarch in the painting. One has to really see the painting in person to acknowledge its true beauty.
The Raft of the Medusa by Théodore Géricault
This painting by Géricault initiated a wave of French romantic art. It literally occupies the room of display completely with 5 meters in width and 7 meters in length. Portraying a shipwreck, the painting exposes the brutal face of mankind under stressful conditions. The painting has made it to countless textbooks and print media around the world already, but to witness it in all its glory is something else entirely.
The Valpinçon Bather by Jean Auguste Ingres
The Valpincon Bather is a famous nude painting depicting a female figure sitting on a cot after bathing. It is famous for the perfection of its finishing, tracing the female body structure to give a beautiful painting. The painting went onto inspire several painters and art enthusiasts by redefining the way in which the female body was showcased. Needless to mention, the original painting is a must-see for the sheer brilliance that has been brought on to the canvas.
The Dying Slave by Michelangelo
Michelangelo’s The Dying Slave is a special sculpture that expresses a mixture of emotions like eroticism in a masterful way. The emotions of agony and ecstasy that must have coursed through the artist’s mind at the time are very evident on the artwork. Michelangelo proved once again through this work why he was one of the most respected artists of his era.
Victory Stele of Naram Sin
The Monument of King Naram-Sin is an item from some of the oldest collections in the museum. To be specific, this artwork is said to be sculpted in pink limestone in Mesopotamia around 2000 BC. However, the name of the artist is unknown.
Aphrodite of Milos by Alexandros of Antioch
Another of the iconic artworks of the ancient era, the Aphrodite of Milos left an element of mystery that has thousands pondering over its relevance. The statue is a graceful figure of a female, but with her arms detached. The exact origin of the Greek statue is unknown to date, yet it is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest works of all time.
Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
Of course, the most famous painting in the world, the Mona Lisa is a major attraction of the Louvre Museum. The painting has been subjected to numerous analyses and scrutinies regarding Leonardo DaVinci’s technique. In addition, several thousand pages have been written about the work and the hype seems to carry on with time. The fame surrounding a small painting like this is quite astonishing.