Treasures of the Louvre Museum with Marie Dessaillen
Treasures of the Louvre Museum with Marie Dessaillen

Treasures of the Louvre Museum with Marie Dessaillen


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Did you know that even though its galleries measure more than 800,000 square feet, only 5% of the Musee du Louvre's collections are able to be displayed within its halls? It would take more than thirty days to view every single one of the 35,000 works which adorn this iconic world-class museum. For centuries, this landmark institution has astonished and overwhelmed its visitors – who keep coming back for more.

Event Details:

Musee du Louvre was established during the French Revolution in order to safeguard works of art – its curators presented the collections of the Kings of France, as well as art rescued from churches and aristocratic homes, and it has been growing ever since from private donations. Some of these masterpieces have become pop culture icons, like the smile of Mona Lisa or the armless Venus de Milo, others surprise you when you round a corner. Together we will delve into the history of the works – the techniques, the artists, and the patrons. 
Led by historian and art historian Marie Dessaillen, a specialist of French 15th-18th-century history and European 15th-18th-century art history, our 90-minute discussion will present a bouquet of her favorite sculptures and paintings. We venture from Greek art to the Italian Renaissance (Uccello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Veronese) to the Dutch Golden Age (Vermeer) and French gallant, classical and romantic 18th-19th century paintings (Watteau, David, Gericault). 
When you next visit the Louvre, you will look at these beautiful paintings and statues with the eye of a connoisseur.

About Your Expert:

The daughter of a sculptor, Marie has been surrounded by art ever since she was born. A native Parisienne, she holds an undergraduate degree in history and art history, with a specialty in iconography and French and Flemish paintings from the 16th to the 18th centuries. She also holds a Master's degree in museology from the Ecole du Louvre and one in Art History from the Sorbonne.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 49 reviews
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J.H. (Casa Grande, US)

It was excellent. Enough so that my wife booked a day tour with Marie when we're in Paris this summer.

T
T.A. (Bainbridge Island, US)
Interesting/Fun Tour of the Louvre

Great information and insight on a selection of the art at the Louvre. I wished it was longer.

M
Marie Tront (Dearborn, US)
treasurers of the louvre

Very good ... I plan o visiting Paris next year and needed another overview of that museum

D
Darlene Johnson (Chicago, US)

Absolutely wonderful. She provided details I had never known about several art works. Her knowledge about the history of Paris, France etc is remarkable. Please have her give more lectures, she is one of the best I’ve ever had.

M
M. (Albany, US)
Marie is Wonderful

This is the third video presentation that I participated in with Marie as the presenter. Marie was also the tour guide at the Louvre for myself, my wife, our son and daughter-in-law, and their two daughters. Marie has amazing insights into how and why each piece of art was done, and about the history of the times when each piece was created. She offers something you could never get on your own, the benefit from her years of study and her love of art.

Customer Reviews

Based on 49 reviews
90%
(44)
6%
(3)
4%
(2)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
J
J.H. (Casa Grande, US)

It was excellent. Enough so that my wife booked a day tour with Marie when we're in Paris this summer.

T
T.A. (Bainbridge Island, US)
Interesting/Fun Tour of the Louvre

Great information and insight on a selection of the art at the Louvre. I wished it was longer.

M
Marie Tront (Dearborn, US)
treasurers of the louvre

Very good ... I plan o visiting Paris next year and needed another overview of that museum

D
Darlene Johnson (Chicago, US)

Absolutely wonderful. She provided details I had never known about several art works. Her knowledge about the history of Paris, France etc is remarkable. Please have her give more lectures, she is one of the best I’ve ever had.

M
M. (Albany, US)
Marie is Wonderful

This is the third video presentation that I participated in with Marie as the presenter. Marie was also the tour guide at the Louvre for myself, my wife, our son and daughter-in-law, and their two daughters. Marie has amazing insights into how and why each piece of art was done, and about the history of the times when each piece was created. She offers something you could never get on your own, the benefit from her years of study and her love of art.