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Mona Lisa The Story Behind The Fame

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, the story behind the fame

Why, of the thousands of treasures of the Louvre museum, is the Mona Lisa on top of the must-see list? There are two sides to Mona Lisa's story. First, that it's the most famous artwork in the world. Second, hidden behind the fame, lays a rare masterpiece by one of history's most influential artists, Leonardo da Vinci. To understand Mona Lisa, one must first discover the accident of fate that made her a global icon.

Discover the story of the Mona Lisa, its theft, fame and why it is a masterpiece.




The Story Of The Venus De Milo

The Venus de Milo, story of 200 years in the Louvre 1821-2021

Tackling the Louvre, if attempting to look, for one minute each, all the artworks on display would take nearly three months, eight hours a day… As for most people, a visit is the only one of their lives, there's a rush for the "must-sees." The first masterpiece visitors discover is the Venus de Milo.
For the 200th anniversary of the arrival of Venus in the Louvre, here is her story.

Discover the story of the Venus de Milo, its discovery, fame and importance.




Ancient Egypt, Paris' Obelisks And Pyramids

Egyptian style pyramid Parc Monceau Paris ancient Egypt

The story of the unexpected bonds between Paris and ancient Egypt. It might seem that the ties between Paris and ancient Egypt started with Napoléon's campaign of 1798, and the resulting discovery of the ancient Egyptian civilisation.

In fact, Egypt has been influencing Paris for well over 2,000 years.

Discover the story of the unexpected links between Paris and ancient Egypt..




Leonardo da Vinci 500th anniversary exhibition

Leonardo da Vinci exhibition blog page, the Burlington Cartoon

To inaugurate the Art Journey Paris Blog, an article about the magnificent Leonardo exhibition of the Louvre for the winter 2019-2020.
After ten years of preparation by Louvre curators for the 500th anniversary of Leonardo's death, a report on an exceptional exhibition, likely a once in a lifetime opportunity to see so many Leonardo paintings, sketches and documents in one place.

Read about the Leonardo da Vinci 500th anniversary exhibition.




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