Off to see famous artwork at the Louvre Museum?
You're not alone. The Louvre once again is the world's most frequently visited art museum, tallying some 8.6 million visitors in 2015.
With that much traffic and some of the most famous artwork in the world, this art museum can easily overwhelm. Use this itinerary to ensure you don't seeing any of its masterpieces.
Scouring nearly 17,000 pages of art history books, Masterpiece Cards researched which art paintings are most often cited. We culled the top 250; got art historians to introduce them with short art essays; added reproductions; and packed it all onto portable art history flashcards called 250 Masterpieces in Western Painting.
Based on research from forty art historians, these are famous paintings not to miss in the Louvre Museum (ones in bold are included in Masterpiece Cards):
- Angelico, Fra. The Coronation of the Virgin, ca. 1430 - 32
- Boucher, François. Diana Resting after Her Bath, 1742
- Brueghel, Jan. The Battle at Issus, 1602
- Brueghel, Pieter The Elder. The Beggars, 1568
- Caravaggio. The Death of the Virgin, 1605-06. Read about more Caravaggio paintings, Conversion of St. Paul,; Young, Sick Bacchus and Basket of Fruit; and St. Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy
- Chardin, Jean-Baptiste Siméon. The Return from Market, 1739 (right)
- Clouet, Jean. Portrait of Francis I, 1525-1530
- Corot, Jean-Baptiste-Camille. Woman in Blue, 1874
- Correggio. Venus, Satyr, and Cupid (erroneously called The Sleep of Antiope), ca.1524 - 25
- Cranach, Lucas. Venus Standing in a Landscape, 1529. Read about the Louvre's recent purchase of The Three Graces by Cranach.
- David, Gerard. The Marriage Feast at Cana, ca. 1511
- David, Jacques Louis. The Oath of the Horatii, 1784. Below. Read about other Jacques Louis David works, Death of Marat and Death of Socrates
- David, Jacques-Louis. The Sabine Woman, 1799
- Delacroix, Eugène. Women of Algiers, 1834; The Massacre at Chios, 1824; and one of his most famous paintings, Liberty Leading the People, 1830.
- Delacroix, Eugène. Death of Sardanapalus, 1827-28
- Delacroix, Eugène. The Bark of Dante (Dante and Virgil in Hell), 1822
- Géricault, Theodore. Mounted Officer of the Imperial Guard, 1812
- Géricault, Theodore. Raft of the "Medusa", 1818 – 1819 (left).
- Géricault, Theodore. The Madwoman, ca. 1822
- Greuze, Jean-Baptiste. L'Accordee du Village (The Village Betrothal), 1761
- Gros, Antoine-Jean. Napoleon in the Plague House at Jaffa, 1804. Learn how this propagandist work was used to promote Napoleon's humanitarian side, even though in this work, he "cares" for troops he actually poisoned!
- Hals, Frans. The Gypsy Girl, ca. 1628 - 1630. Examine and read art analysis of Hals' The Laughing Cavalier, and explore an overview of Frans Hals paintings.
- Holbein, Hans. Erasmus, 1523
- Ingres, Jean-Auguste-Dominique. Oedipus and the Sphinx, 1808. Below. Explore other famous artwork by Ingres.
- Ingres, Jean-Auguste-Dominique. The Turkish Bath, 1862 and Grande Odalisque, 1814. Learn about Ingres, one of the most famous painters in the first half of the 19th century.
- Ingres, Jean-Auguste-Dominique. Valpincon Bather, 1808
- Jordaens, Jacob. The Four Evangelists, ca.1625
- La Tour, Georges de. Joseph the Carpenter, ca. 1642
- Le Nain, Louis. La Charette (The Cart)
- Leonardo da Vinci. Madonna and Child with Saint Anne, ca. 1503 - 1506. (right). Explore more Leonardo paintings.
Read about a Leonardo da Vinci painting authenticated in 2011.
And... explore the alleged "earlier" version of Mona Lisa, announced in 2013.
- Leonardo da Vinci. The Virgin of the Rocks, ca.1485. Right.
- Leonardo da Vinci. The Mona Lisa, ca. 1505.
- Mantegna, Andrea. Calvary, 1456 – 1459. Read about Dead Christ, another Mantegna masterpiece.
- Memling, Hans. Portrait of an Old Woman, ca. 1470-1475
- Metsys, Quentin. The Banker and His Wife, 1514
- Poussin, Nicolas. Et in Arcadia ego (Even in Arcadia I am), 1638 - 1639. Learn about other famous artwork by Poussin.
- Poussin, Nicolas. Echo and Narcissus, ca. 1627 - 1628.
- Prud'Hon, Pierre-Paul. Empress Josephine, 1805. Left.
- Quarton, Enguerrand. Pieta of Avignon, ca. 1450
- Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio). The Virgin and Child with St. John the Baptist, 1507. Discover one of the most beloved Raphael paintings, Sistine Madonna.
- Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio). Baldassare Castiglione, ca.1514
- Rembrandt. The Flayed Ox, 1655. Read the fascinating history behind Rembrandt's Night Watch. And then watch The Best Renactment of a painting ever made, the Night Watch video that the Rijksmuseum made to announce its opening.
- Rembrandt. Supper at Emmaus, 1648. Discover the Rembrandt paintings in the Rijksmuseum, the world's largest collection.
- Renoir, Pierre-Auguste. Le Moulin de la Galette, 1876
- Ribera, Jusepe de. The Boy with the Clubfoot, 1642
- Rigaud, Hyacinthe. Portrait of Louis XIV, 1701. Right. He was famously vain about his legs.
- Rubens, Peter Paul. Disembarkation of Marie de’Medici at the Port of Marseilles on November 3, 1600, 1622 – 1625. Read about other Rubens paintings!
- School of Fontainebleau. Gabrielle d'Estrées and One of her Sisters in the Bath, ca. 1594 - 1599
- School of Fontainebleau. Diana the Huntress, ca. 1550.
- Titian. The Pastoral Symphony (or Fete Champetre), ca. 1508. Learn about other Titian paintings and Titian masterpieces.
- Titian. Man with the Glove, ca. 1520-23. Delve into the art history behind one of the best Titian paintings. And discover one of the most famous paintings in Boston, Rape of Europa.
- Uccello, Paolo. The Battle of San Romano (right panel), ca. 1456. Learn about this Renaissance masterpiece!
- van Dyck, Sir Anthony. Charles I of England, ca. 1635
- van Eyck, Jan. Madonna with Chancellor Nicolas Rolin, ca. 1435. Read about other art paintings by van Eyck, like the Arnolfini Portrait and The Ghent Altarpiece.
- Vermeer, Jan. The Lacemaker, 1670-1671. Left. Delve into the art history of other Vermeer paintings, The Allegory of Painting, The Kitchen Maid, and the incomparable Girl with a Pearl Earring.
- Veronese (Paolo Caliari). The Marriage at Cana, 1562-63
- Veronese (Paolo Caliari). The Supper at Emmaus, ca. 1559-60
Watteau, Jean-Antoine. Embarkation for Cythera, 1717
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