Best Photography Spots in and Around the Louvre Museum

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When people think of the Louvre Museum they think of its rich history and the Pyramide du Louvre, which serves as the main entrance to the museum. In fact, Louvre offers photo enthusiasts and artists some ideal spots for photography, like the ‘Cour Napoleon’ in the courtyard, that paves the way to an underground portion of the museum. Cour Napoleon was launched in 1989 and has been one of the main reasons for the footfalls to the Louvre Museum, the other one being the iconic paintings and artworks on display.

Cour Napoleon was commissioned by Former French President François Mitterrand in 1984 and was conceived by American Architect I.M. Pei. The small pyramid framework features metal and glass components and illuminates at night when the pyramid fountains start operating. When photographing the Pyramide du Louvre you should consider capturing it from a distance to get the perfect composition with the right perspective. If you photograph the pyramid from a close range, you might not be able to capture the complete structure in a single frame. Therefore, capture it from a short distance to get the full structure in a single frame.

The pyramid often steals the show from Cour Carrée du Louvre, which is one of the remaining courtyards of the Louvre Palace featuring the Lescot Wing. The Lescot Wing has many statues that are best captured from up close. In fact, Louvre museum aisles and arches give you a perfect frame for outdoor photography like from Institut de France and all the way up to Pont des Arts. When capturing a photo from Institut de France, maintain the aperture at a closed angle for capturing the arch and the backdrop together.

For a façade that is harder to photograph in a single shot, head to the Perrault’s Colonnade, which is the façade in the east wing of the palatial Louvre constructed in the 17th century. In the opinion of many photographers, it is one of the trickiest to capture in a single frame. Therefore, you may use an 8-millimeter lens to get a shot that captures at least half its glory. From time to time, the Louvre authorities exhibit contemporary artworks in the museum grounds. In 2015, Claude Lévêque placed a neon bolt that illuminated the glass pyramid as an ode to the 25 years of its construction.