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Inventing the Louvre: Art, Politics, and the Origins of the Modern Museum in Eighteenth-Century Paris
Founded in the final years of the Enlightenment, the Louvre—with the greatest collection of Old Master paintings and antique sculpture assembled under one roof—became the model for all state art museums subsequently established. Andrew McClellan chronicles the formation of this great museum from its origins in the French royal picture collections to its apotheosis during t ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published October 26th 1999 by University of California Press
(first published September 26th 1999)
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A good read. I will say I expected it to interpret the history of the formation of the Louvre as a precedent for aspects of the modern museum, but rather it was a complete and detailed history that I enjoyed tremendously. It was very meticulously researched, thorough, and interesting. One warning: keeping track of which Frenchman is which throughout the book is not easy for those not already familiar with French history!