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How the Mona Lisa became so overrated

2 days agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is overrated. Why? For starters, the director of the Louvre said that 80% of the museum’s visitors are there just to see the Mona Lisa. 80%! We’re talking about one of the finest museums in the world, overflowing with some of the world’s greatest artworks, and people come to only see one thing. Show More Summary

Celebrity Art Explained: How The Mona Lisa Got To Be A Superstar

Eighty percent of visitors to the Louvre go just to see the Mona Lisa. But is it really THAT much better than all the other art? Herein a cynic’s explanation for why Lisa gets all the attention.

Long-Awaited Louvre Abu Dhabi Finally Has A Director

Since 2013, Rabaté has been the director of Agence France-Muséums, the French government agency charged with the Louvre Abu Dhabi project. He graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, and has worked at the Musée du Louvre and Musée du Quai Branly in Paris.

22 Museums with Gourmet Restaurants

Museums are hubs for art lovers, culture seekers, and history buffs, but did you ever think to visit the Louvre for a great meal? Or to book a table at SFMOMA for the best gastronomy experience of your life? Museums are now a destination...Show More Summary

Paris mum gives birth to baby girl in back seat of taxi

A girl will one day be able to say she was born in the back of a taxi near the Louvre Museum in the heart of Paris.

Rubens - Helena Fourment with a carriage (& son) by...

Rubens - Helena Fourment with a carriage (& son) by Peter Via Flickr: Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Helena Fourment with a carriage (& son) Paris, Louvre - Source: radikal.ru Sir Peter Paul Rubens was a Flemish Baroque painter.

Canaletto - Bacino & Palazzo ducale by Peter

2 weeks agoArts / Art History : Old Paint

Canaletto - Bacino & Palazzo ducale by Peter Via Flickr: Canaletto - Bacino & Palazzo ducale Paris Louvre Giovanni Antonio Canal (28 October 1697 – 19 April 1768), better known as Canaletto was an Italian painter of landscapes, or vedute, of Venice.

amntenofre: pseudo canopic jar with the jackal head of the...

2 weeks agoArts / Art History : Old Paint

amntenofre: pseudo canopic jar with the jackal head of the God Duamutef, one of the Four Sons of Horus. This is one of the four pseudo canopic jars (painted wood) of Padiuf, priest of the God Amon; 1069-664 BCE, now in the Louvre Museum…

amntenofre: pseudo canopic jar with the baboon head of the...

2 weeks agoArts / Art History : Old Paint

amntenofre: pseudo canopic jar with the baboon head of the God Hapi, one of the Four Sons of Horus. This is one of the four pseudo canopic jars (painted wood) of Padiuf, priest of the God Amon; 1069-664 BCE, now in the Louvre Museum...

fotofever paris 2016 to be held at the Carrousel du Louvre from 11 to 13 November

2 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

From 11 to 13 November 2016, The Carrousel du Louvre will welcome the 5th edition of fotofever with 75 international and French galleries in the very heart of artistic Paris, at the foot of the most visited museum. An independent photography art fair, fotofever paris 2016 offers a bold agenda. Show More Summary

This Week in Audience: Connecting the Dots As Louvre Visits Decline 20%

3 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

This Week: Tate goes for an artificial intelligence art project… UK has more amateur orchestras than you can shake a stick at… Does community storytelling take advantage of the storytellers?… Why the Louvre’s attendance is down 20%… When data drives your art experience the art changes.

Louvre’s Attendance Down 20% So Far This Year

3 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“In a phone conversation with a representative for the Louvre – which is the most-visited museum in the world – artnet News discovered that attendance from January through June dropped 20 percent compared to the previous year.”

Billionaire who donated to Clinton Foundation was denied entry into U.S. last year

Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury, one of Africa’s richest men, has built a reputation as a giant of global philanthropy. His name is on a gallery at the Louvre and a medical school in Lebanon, and he has received awards for his generosity to the Catholic Church and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital....

Attendance To The Louvre Has Dropped By 20 Percent This Year

last monthNews : Huffington Post

This article originally appeared on artnet News. Tourism to Paris is in bad shape — and the city’s cultural institutions have been feeling the pain. In a report from the Associated Press, the string of terrorist attacks and floods in...Show More Summary

How Can AR Be Used For Social Good? RYOT Media Has An Answer

FORBES exclusive: RYOT Media shows in a new video about the Louvre how augmented reality can educate children in far away places. "We couldn't bring the kids to the Louvre," the video titles say, "So we brought the Louvre to the kid...

Eye Candy for Today: Greuze’s Broken Vessel

The Broken Vessel (La Cruche cassée), Jean-Baptiste Greuze Link is to downloadble large file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Louvre. Though the actual meaning is open to interpretation, the general assumption is that the allegorical subject suggested by the gathered flower petals and broken vase is one of lost innocence and defloration. Greuze […]

Leonardo da Vinci: The Restoration of the Century

last monthHumor / odd : Kottke.org

This is an hour-long documentary on the Louvre's recent restoration of Leonardo da Vinci's The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne. The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne is one of the most beautiful paintings in the world. It is also one of the most mysterious. Show More Summary

The Taming of Italy’s Most Popular Museum

last monthNews : NYTimes: News

With long lines, chaotic ticketing and a collection to rival the Louvre’s, the Uffizi Gallery is at the forefront of dramatic reforms.

French Artist JR Creates Giant Photo Installations of Athletes for the Rio Olympics

last monthArts : Slate: The Eye

In May, he made Paris’ Louvre pyramid disappear. And now that the world’s eyes are trained on Brazil for the Olympics, French street artist JR has turned his attention to Rio de Janeiro, where he installed a handful of larger-than-life...Show More Summary

The Best Places to Visit, Eat and Shop Like a Local in Paris — Live Like a Local Video Guides

As a tourist in Paris, your checklist for sightseeing likely includes the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral. When it comes to food (read: dessert), it's crêpes, croissants, éclairs and more crêpes. But wouldn't it beShow More Summary

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