If you, like me, love museums, visiting the Louvre Virtual Museum is definitely in your plans. Not only because it is the largest museum in the world and its building is so characteristic.
But also because it contains some of the most important works of art in the world, and no, I am not just referring to the Mona Lisa. Although it is certainly the most famous work in the Louvre, many others deserve mention.
The paste tion of the Louvre Museum has a large collection of famous works of art such as paintings, sculptures, mummies, ceramics, etc., from many different places and times.
Many of these works profoundly marked not only the artistic environment but also the historical one, starting with the building itself.
Since there may be a piece that is not listed as one of the main works of the Louvre, but that ends up catching your eye, or sometimes they are more interesting to you than another more famous masterpiece.
Main works of art of the Louvre Virtual Museum
However, in this post, the historically most important, relevant and relatively more interesting ones are indicated, to make sure that your visit at the Louvre virtual museum tours was very worthwhile.
As I said, the Louvre is huge, and if you were to mention all the important and interesting works of art to visit, the list would be huge, and you would need a couple of days to see them all.
Of course, you can always customize the list, adding or removing the works according to your interest.
To mount your route through the Louvre, you can choose to visit each wing at once, or each floor at once. I suggest going floor by floor, as you can easily move from one wing to another.
Louvre Virtual Museum – Ground Floor
Hammurabi Code (Room 3 – Richelieu Ward)
A Babylonian code of laws carved in stone dated 1754 BC. The Hamurabi Law Code is the longest surviving Babylonian text and one of the oldest deciphered writings of significant extension in the world. It is also considered the first written economic formula.
It consists of 282 laws and includes its punishments as well. The laws were based on the Law of Talion, and include the phrase that made this historic piece famous: “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”. Many of the laws written here are still in use today, such as fines for monetary violations, inheritance laws about how private property is taxed or divided.
Winged Bulls (Room 4 – Richelieu Wing)
Okay, this is one of my favorite pieces from the whole museum, these big bulls represent Lamassus, an Assyrian god, they used to protect the entrance to temples and palaces in ancient Assyria, already in 3000 BC The pair that exhibited it at the Louvre kept each gate of the Mesopotamian capital of Sargon II (today Khorsabad).
Title of Salle Philippe Pot (Room 10 – Ala Rielhelieu)
This tomb is so full of details! Take a look at the faces of each of these mourners. The realism in this statue is impressive and the position of the mourners gives a sense of movement to the statue, looking like they are walking at the slow pace of a funeral procession.
At Phillippe Pot’s feet is an animal, which according to the Louvre is supposed to be a lion, but according to me, it is a dog, you choose who you trust the most.
Venus de Milo (Room 7 – Sully Wing)
Possibly representing Aphrodite, Venus the Milo, is one of the greatest representations of classical female beauty and considered one of the most important works of the Louvre.
It was discovered on the island of Melos, hence the name, and its arms were already missing, several positions have already been suggested, but, especially the right hand is still a mystery. Some believe that, initially, the statue was adorned with metal jewelry.
Dying Slave and Rebel Slave – Michelangelo (Room 4 – Denon Wing)
It wouldn’t be fair if we didn’t put Michelangelo on this list! Michelangelo was famous for his fantastic realism in sculpting the human form and describing emotions, and these two statues are good examples of this.
The two slaves were originally carved to form part of the tomb of Pope Julius II, who also asked Michelangelo to paint the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.
The tomb of Pope Julius II was supposed to be the largest monument built after the Egyptian pyramids, however, after many delays and cost cuts, the tomb ended up much smaller than planned, and most of Michelangelo’s works were placed in others private collections. rather than.
Winged Victory (Staircase – Denon Wing)
Considered one of the oldest and most influential marble statues in the world, The Winged Victory was discovered in 1863 on the island of Samothrace and today is considered one of the three most important pieces of the Louvre.
The meaning behind this statue is still a mystery and the author is unknown, however, some believe it was erected by a Macedonian general after a naval victory and represents the Goddess Nike.
The sensation of movement in this statue is what impresses anyone, you don’t need imagination to see, almost feel, the wind blowing on your thin cloth while it was in a strong forward movement.
Louvre Virtual Museum – First Floor
Virgin of the Rocks – Leonardo da Vinci (Room 5 – Denon Wing)
Those who read the Da Vinci Code will recognize this painting. There are two versions, this one on display at the Louvre, the other at the National Gallery in London.
The Louvre version was the first made by Leonardo, but was not accepted by his client, as the scene seemed a little threatening. Then the second was done. It is located near Monalisa, and next to other of his paintings, but it is much less crowded and you can appreciate his art better.
Monalisa – By Leonardo da Vinci (Room 6 – A la Denon )
We can say that this is the most famous painting in the world. Monalisa is located in room 6. All the mystery behind that eyebrow-free face makes it worth a visit, but be prepared, your room is always crowded and the painting is not big, so you will need to sneak around the Chinese to get a cool photo.
Mona Lisa caught everyone’s attention after it was stolen from the Louvre in 1911 and disappeared for two years. During that time, even the French poet Apollinaire and Picasso were suspected before Vincenzo Peruggia was finally caught.
It is reported that Da Vinci liked this painting so much that he used to take it with him during his travels, even arriving at the Château d’Amboise after being hired by François I in 1516, where he died three years later.
Although this is not the most beautiful painting in the Louvre, it impresses with a rare combination of technical mastery and for being one of the few Da Vinci paintings that survived.
Les Noces de Cana – By Paolo Veronese (Room 6- Ala Denon)
This is the largest painting in the museum. The painting was stolen by Napoleon and taken to Paris. It represents a wedding banquet described in the Gospel of John.
The Coronation of Napoleon -Jacques-Louis David (Room 75 – Denon Wing)
Painted in 1807, as the name says, the painting represents the moment of Napoleon’s coronation. Its size, as well as the details, are very impressive, it is 10 meters wide and 6 meters high, this is one of the Louvre’s greatest paintings.
The painting was commissioned by Napoleon himself, so perhaps it explains the extravagant size.
What is striking is that it is so well made that you can almost feel the different fabrics that people in the painting should be using.
La Grande Odalisque – Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (Room 75 – Denon Wing)
Made for Napoleon’s sister, Queen Caroline Murat, this is probably the most criticized nude woman you will ever find in any museum, this criticism is given by the distortion of the anatomical proportions present in this painting.
During the Romantic Era, when Orientalism was a trend, young women, often naked, dancing or lying on the sultans’ beds, were often painted as a symbol of exoticism and eroticism.
Painting women looking over their shoulders also seemed to be a trend at that time and that same posture can be seen in different paintings and statues of the time. In this painting, however, the author decided to lengthen the lady’s back, adding an extra vertebra, as he thought it would increase her sensuality.
The Sabinas Intervention – Jacques-Louis David (Room 75 – Denon Wing)
The painting represents a legendary episode in Roman mythology with Sabinas interposed to separate Roman and Sabine soldiers.
The question that remains is: Why are the soldiers so naked? We will never know.
The Young Martyr – Paul Delaroche (Room 76 – Denon Wing )
One of my favorite paintings at the Louvre shows a woman martyred on the Tiber.
It is a very dramatic painting, but all the movement of the body in the water (clothes and hair) makes it look so peaceful.
Freedom Leading the People – Eugène Delacroix (Room 77 – Denon Wing)
The painting is a celebration of the July 1830 Revolution. The woman in the photo, known as Marianne (the personification of Liberty) is a national figure and represents the French Republic’s triumph over the monarchy.
In this painting, Marianne defends the French tricolor flag (symbolizing freedom, equality and fraternity).
The Scribe Seated (Room 22 – Sully Wing)
We all know that the Egyptians had a really remarkable art style, the paintings of people in profile are easy to find, but the 3D sculptures not so much.
What is striking here is that his eyes are made of a kind of glass that gives a sense of depth, very impressive for the period of time the statue was made. Unfortunately, no one knows who the man portrayed in that statue was.
Louvre Virtual Museum – Second Floor
Gabrielle d ‘Estrées and one of her Sisters – Author Unknown (Room 10 – Ala Richelieu)
Aaah to the picture of the woman taking the other’s nipple, pure art.
In fact, this strange position symbolizes the fact that Gabrielle d’Estrées, who had an affair with the king, was pregnant, in her left hand she discreetly holds a ring, a gift from the king to her.
The Patchwork – Johannes Vermeer (Room 36 – Richelieu Wing)
That’s what a working person is, this woman has been sitting working for over 300 years! What draws attention here is the intimacy of this painting, the girl seems so focused on her work that she doesn’t even seem to notice the spectators. It’s not a big painting, so you need to get closer to be able to appreciate the details.
Of course, there are many other important works of art that are worth seeing in the museum, however, in this post, we mention only the main works of the Louvre, to help those in a hurry to at least get a sense of what the Louvre is.
Again, if you are able to visit the Louvre over time, you will surely see other works of art and details that will be unique to you!
Do you have any favorite work of art at the Louvre virtual museum, which one is it? What other work would you include on the list?