History of Paris

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In our warped tourist minds, the History of Paris can be extracted from the History of le Louvre

Antiquty: The Ancient Past, especially before the Middle Ages
Classical Antiquity: Between the 8th century BC and the 6th century AD (centered on the Greco-Roman World)
Middle Ages: European History between the fall of the Roman Empire in the West (5th century) to the fall of Constantinople (1453)
Rennaisance: Marks the transition from the Middle Ages to modernity and covering the 15th and 16th centuries
Francis I of France, who sought to create a gallery of art in his château at Fontainebleau rivaling those of the great Italian palaces. He acquired masterpieces by leading Italian masters (Michelangelo, Raphael) and invited Italian artists to his court (Leonardo da Vinci, Rosso, and Primaticcio)
Louis XIV’s purchase of the collections of the banker Jabach
Louis XIV also expanded the collection of Italian paintings also Spanish paintings (by Murillo) and a series of French works (Le Sueur)
Early Modern Time: (1600-1850)
Works from the Northern schools appeared first during the 17th century and, above all, the 18th
Throughout the 19th century, confiscated French aristocratic collections and the spoils of the Napoleonic conquests brought important new acquisitions
Throughout the 19th century, confiscated French aristocratic collections and the spoils of the Napoleonic conquests brought important new acquisitions
The Modern Time Period: 1850-Present
With the opening of the Musée d’Orsay in 1986, the collection was split up, with works painted after the 1848 Revolution (including pictures by Courbet and the Impressionists) transferred from the Louvre to the newly renovated Gare d’Orsay.

Coat of Arts
“[She] is tossed [by the waves], but does not sink”
(Fluctuat nec mergitur)

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