Paris, the city of light is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the dream destination of every traveler. Paris is also known for its iconic monuments and the cultural heritage. You can learn about the history of France from various museums over here, which are crammed with beautiful and innovative artworks of famous people. Below are some of the museums and the famous artworks exhibited in Paris.
Famous Artworks in the Louvre Museum
The Louvre Museum is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris. This central landmark of the city is situated on the banks of Seine River and a whopping number of 380,000 artworks are displayed over here. The exhibits span from prehistory to the 21st Century, which includes both classic and modern artworks. In fact, Louvre was the world’s most visited art museum until 2016.
The Louvre Pyramid is the most attractive masterpiece here; the transparent architecture was inaugurated in 1988 and is surrounded by 3 smaller pyramids including the inverted pyramid. The Louvre Pyramid serves as the entrance to the Louvre Museum. Below are some of the best exhibits in the Louvre.
- Great Sphinx Of Tanis (Old Kingdom, 2600 BC, Old Kingdom) – The sphinx is a fabulous creature with the body of a lion and the head of a king. This artwork is a symbolic representation of the king, which is symbolized as a human head and the sun god, which is symbolized as the lion’s body. The names of pharaohs Ammenemes II, Merneptah and Shoshenq were inscribed on this great sphinx of Tanis. This great piece of art was excavated among the ruins of the temple of Amun at Tanis in 1825.this sphinx is called as Shesep-Ankh in the Egyptian language which means living image, is one of the largest sphinxes outside Egypt.
- Law Code of Hammurabi (1792-1750 BC, Mesopotamia) – Hammurabi’s law code is considered as the first written economic formula and is said to be the longest surviving code from old Babylon. There are many laws of this code like the inheritance law about how the private property id divided or taxed, interest rates, fines for monetary wrongdoings, etc., that are still in use. It is also considered to be one of the earliest methods to presume the innocent where the accused, as well as the accuser, is asked to provide proper evidence to prove their side. Besides, the law code of Hammurabi is also famous for its punishments that vary from crime to crime and the social status of a slave versus free man.
- Michelangelo’s Dying Slave (1513-1516) – The dying slave is super handsome and young and is in a deep sleep or perhaps in an eternal sleep, but in great agony. Furthermore, the slave here is standing in his one leg which holds his weight and the other leg remains negligent. The dying slave was a project that was repeatedly modified during 40 years of successive programs and was originally meant for Pope Julius II. There is a figure of monkey that is roughed out behind the dying slave, which is known as contrapposto and is a classical pose. However, the iconographical theme of the artwork is a mystery. The artwork is often interpreted as slavery by pontiff’s death, human soul burdened by the body, and many more.
Famous Artworks in Musée d’Orsay
This beautiful and exquisite museum located on the left bank of seine houses the most important collections of impressionism in the world and is built only in just two years. Musée d’Orsay was actually a train station which has short platforms for its commuters until 1939. Yet today, the museum contains great exhibits from the 19th and 20th Century.
The museum is famous for its French art dating from 1848 to 1914 that includes paintings, cultures, furniture, and photography. The museum contains exhibits of famous painters including Vincent Van Gogh, Renoir Cezanne, Sisley Gauguin, Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, and Edgar Degas. Below are some of the beautiful artworks from Musée d’Orsay.
- Hector Guimard, Banquette de fumoir – This is also known as the smoking bench. Furthermore, Hector Guimard was one of the most important representatives of France in Art Nouveau movement, which demanded unity of architecture, furniture, and décor. Here, the decorative object or the furniture should blend well with the room rather than being isolated and this banquette de fumoir is born as a result of that.
- Van Gogh, Starry Night – This is an oil painting by the Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh. The painting depicts the inner expression of van Gogh’s subject to nature and he made it a masterpiece with its intoxicating combinations, the beautiful color combinations, and the seductive swirls. No wonder the painting became one of the most famous masterpieces in the world.
- Auguste Renoir, Bal du Moulin de la Galette – This painting was one of the most important works of Renoir in 1870’s and was showcased at the impressionist exhibition in 1877. The painting depicts the high spirited and joyful atmosphere of the popular dance garden on the Butte Montmartre. Furthermore, he used vibrant colors and beautifully executed the lighting.