Have you ever wondered how the Louvre started? The Louvre started as a palace for kings and queens of France. It became a museum during the French Revolution. There are more than 30,000 art pieces. The Louvre has paintings from medieval times, Renaissance, and ancient Egypt.
Here is a good way to start your tour at the Louvre. Go to the Mona Lisa because everyone wants to see it first. The Mona Lisa is very famous. The painting is by Leonardo Da Vinci. Before you go and see the Mona Lisa you might want to pick some postcards of art so you can go on a treasure hunt for the paintings.
What makes the Mona Lisa famous? Do her eyes follow you? Is she happy or sad? Why do you like her? I like her because her eyes follow you. She has a tender smile. She is maybe thinking of how lovely her painting is going to be. The Mona Lisa was STOLEN in 1911 by an employee. She was gone for 2 YEARS! The Mona Lisa is from Italy. Do you know how the employee was found out? The employee was going to sell it back to Italy and a person turned him in.
What is your favorite painting? My favorite painting is The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne. I like the background of the blue mountains.
You can take awesome art classes. The cost is around 6 to 9 euros. I took art classes about Egypt. I learned that Egyptians built a palace for the kings and queens. The palace is now under water. The palace was on an island. There was a bridge that is preserved in the Louvre. The Egyptian kings and queens got buried in a sarcophagus with their belongings. You could tell a boy or girl by how they were standing in a picture.
Facts about the Louvre
- It is one of the world’s largest museums.
- There is a mall under the Louvre.
- The Parisians hated the glass pyramids. The pyramids were built in 1989.
- There is no modern art in the Louvre
Thanks for the great lesson Sydney! We will be in Paris in January and I like the idea of buying a few postcards and then trying to find the art. Sounds to me as if you are enjoying a great home school lesson, actually many lessons in one: art, museums and history! Thank you for sharing your experiences, I always enjoy reading Sydney’s Corner.
Wow Sydney- I really learned a lot from your post! I didn’t know much about the louvre before reading Sydney’s corner. That’s so cool that you were able to take art lessons at the Louvre!
Hope you continue having fun!
Geni Butterfield says
Hi Sydney! My favorite painting at the Louvre was one with ALL the paintings hanging in front of it, in ONE picture. Did you see that one? And I hope you got to see Napoleon’s apartment. I thought the colors were way too much for me, but just imagine living there!