Museum of Louvre. Paris. France.
Old exceptional royal residence by its importance in the French history like by its surface and its installations museographic among most modern in the world, the palate of Louvre offers today to public a space of exposure of international scale in a particularly privileged site. Louvre is organized in 7 departments, the collections gather works dating from the birth of the great ancient ages of the Mediterranean basin until first half of the XIXth century. One distinguishes : Eastern antiquities and arts of Islam, Egyptian antiquities, Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities, sculptures, objects of art, paintings and graphic arts, arts of Africa, of Asia, of Oceania and Americas. Its vocation is that to be an encyclopedic Museum. Holder of the very famous Mona Lisa of Leonardo da Vinci, the museum of Louvre can be proud of a remarkable collection of Western paintings of XIIIth century at 1848, posterior works being in particular with the museum of Orsay. Painting constitutes however only one of the seven departments which make collections of Louvre the unit museologic more diversified.