The Louvre: All The Paintings

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Preface by Henri Loyrette, General Director of The Louvre

Photographs by by Erich Lessing

Text by Vincente Pomarède and Anje Grebe

With 8.5 million visitors every year, the Louvre is the most popular museum in the world, and houses many of the most celebrated and important paintings of all time.

So you can’t fit a trip to Paris into your travel budget this year (or, well, maybe not even within the next 5-10 years)? Don’t fret. You can explore ALL the paintings in the famed museum’s permanent collection from the comfort of your home and not have to push and shove your way through the crowds surrounding Mona Lisa. Vogue remarks, “the book brings an entire museum collection to your bookshelf.”

This unprecedented work not only features all 3,022 paintings on display in the museum’s permanent collection along with a supportive DVD-ROM of all of their images which were captured by renowned art photographer Erich Lessing. Several years in the making, the book marks an ambitious international collaboration and is an official publication of the museum. It features a Preface by Henri Loyrette, General Director of the Louvre, as well as lively introductory texts by Vincent Pomarède, General Curator of the Painting Collection of the Louvre.

Illuminating descriptions of each featured painting are provided by noted art historian, Anja Grebe. Housed in a handsome slipcase, the book showcases full-color photographs that are annotated with the name of the painting, artist, date of the work, dates of the artist’s birth and death, the medium that was used, the size of the painting, the catalog number, and the room in the Louvre where the painting can be found.

Organized and divided into the four main collections of the museum—the Italian School, Northern School, Spanish School, and French School—the book specially highlights four hundred of the most significant and best-loved paintings. The featured works are accompanied by absorbing critical and historical text by Pomarède and Grebe that elucidates the key attributes of each work, such as what to look for when viewing the painting, the artist’s inspirations and techniques, biographical information on the artist, and the artist’s larger historical impact.

This is the book for art lovers, travelers, and Francophiles. Browse each collection by artist, era, school, genre, or by room, with the accompanying navigational DVD-ROM—almost as if you were walking through the halls of the museum itself. 

The Louvre: All the Paintings has been receiving much appreciation and acclaim throughout the art world and beyond. Snag your own copy and explore the extraordinary pieces in the Louvre up close and feel free to spend as much time as you like with each painting!

DVD-ROM System Requirements: DVD-ROM runs on a PC (Windows 2000/XP or later) and MAC (OSX 10.4.8 or later) running the following browser software Internet Explorer 7 or 8; Firefox 3.6 and above; or Safari 5.0 and above.

Hardcover with slipcase, 784 pages along with a DVD-ROM

Dimensions: 11 x 11 x 2.25 inches

"Nothing can replace a trip to the Louvre itself, but this is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to learn more about individual paintings and the collection as a whole. The scholarly essays, illustrations, and works of art themselves speak to the reader of a world of beauty and intellectual delight. This volume belongs on all shelves. A major contribution to the literature of catalogs of great museum collections.” - Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Librarian, New York