The Louvre in Paris is arguably the most famous museum in the world, but with over 3500 pieces, a visit to this massive attraction can be incredibly overwhelming.
As you can imagine, there are A LOT of books about the museum, and after an extensive search, this is the one that I have settled on as my favorite. Though it contains only 400 of the museum’s masterpieces, what I like about it is the fact that many of them are lesser known works.
It is really easy to walk into the Louvre and play a game of see-all-the-famous-stuff-I-can-to-be-able-to-say-that-I-saw-it and ignore all of the amazing pieces that haven’t been in movies. Books showcasing the famous works, aka Mona, are a dime a dozen, so it is refreshing to find literature that focuses on something different.
The book is divided using the museum’s departments as a guide and includes works from Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, sculptures, and works from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.
Though there is an introduction that gives a history of the Louvre, the actual works stand alone, unhindered by text, giving you a chance to completely immerse yourself “in a magnificent treasure trove of the finest art in the world.”