Famous Paintings in the Louvre That You Should Not Miss

The Louvre in Paris is the home of the Mona Lisa, perhaps the greatest painting ever created in human history. Aside from the Mona Lisa, you will also find several impeccable masterpieces by the most renowned European artists in history. Find on this page all the details you need to know about all the must-see Louvre paintings.

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Although all of the paintings at the Louvre Museum are worth taking a look at, here's a list of must-see masterpieces on your visit.

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The Raft of Medusa

Artist: Théodore Géricault

Year: 1819 

Location: Dept of Paintings, Mollien Room 700

This 1819 painting gave little-known French artist Théodore Géricault National fame. A prime example of French Romanticism in art, The Raft of Medusa is often considered a superior masterpiece. The 16-feet tall oil painting depicts the French Navy frigate Medusa. The scene of the artwork is the 1816 shipwreck off the Mauritiana coast. The Raft of Medusa shows the emotions and drama of occupants in the ship, an amalgamation of fighting elements. The scene is filled with survivors, dead bodies, and an agonizing cry for help. The painting was acquired by the Louvre Museum shortly after the death of Théodore Géricault, at age 32.

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The Wedding at Cana

Artist: Paolo Veronese

Year: 1563 

Location: Dept. of Paintings

The Wedding at Cana is a painting by Italian Renaissance painter Paolo Veronese. The painting depicts the scene in the Bible where Jesus turned water into red wine at a feast in the city of Cana. Veronese took the artistic freedom to create a different version of a marriage feast to accomplish this 6.77-meter-tall painting. Often hailed as a peak Renaissance artwork, The Wedding at Cana shows the brilliance of Veronese in using color palettes to perfection. Veronese, a student of the Venetian school of arts, adopted the Venetian style in creating this art piece. 

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The Coronation of Napoleon

Artist: Jacques-Louis David

Year: 1807

Location: Dept. of Paintings, Daru Room 702

Jacques-Louis David's masterpiece, The Coronation of Napoleon, is a gigantic painting with a dimension of 20-feet x 32-feet. The artist was hired as the official painter of Napoleon Bonaparte. The stunning visual depicts the coronation of Napoleon at the Notre-Dame Church in Paris. The most important thing about this painting is the attention to detail. Everyone in the painting, including Pope Pius VII, gets immaculate detailing by the artist. The characters in the painting are depicted in a way they are all concentrating on Napoleon. It was believed that the artist took nearly three years to finish the artwork. 

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Liberty Leading the People

Artist: Eugène Delacroix

Year: 1831

Location: Room 700, Denon Wing, Level 1

Eugène Delacroix painted the iconic Liberty Leading the People in 1831, commemorating the July Revolution that toppled King Charles X. The painting shows Liberty personified as a woman wearing a Phrygian cap, holding the French tricolor on her right hand, and a bayoneted musket on the other, leading a group of armed people. Eugène Delacroix is one of the pioneers of French Romanticism, and the painting itself is revered as a symbol of his art. The 260-centimeter-tall painting is oil on canvas.

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Triumph of the Virtues

Artist: Andrea Mantegna

Year: 1500-1502

Location: Dept of Paintings, Room 371

Minerva Expelling the Vices from the Garden of Virtue, also known as Triumph of the Virtues, is a tempera on canvas painting by Italian artist Andrea Mantegna. Mantegna was another very important figure in Italian Renaissance art. The painting depicted the scene where Minerva, the Roman Goddess of Wisdom, chased away the Vices and rescued Diana, the Goddess of Chastity. The artwork was commissioned by Italian noblewoman Isabella d'Este and has the primary theme of medieval morality. 

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Death of the Virgin

Artist: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

Year: 1601-1606 

Location: Denon Wing, Room 710

This painting depicts the death of the Virgin Mary. The 369-centimeter-tall oil painting was the creation of Italian master painter Caravaggio. Caravaggio painted Virgin Mary as an ordinary woman in this painting and soon faced backlash from the Church. The artist, known for his Baroque elements in art, allegedly modeled the Virgin Mary after his mistress in Rome. The dazzling painting using the baroque style of lights and shadows portrays Mary Magdalene and the Apostles witnessing the death. 

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David with the Head of Goliath

Artist: Guido Reni

Year: 1606 

Location: Grande Galerie

Often an overlooked painting, David with the Head of Goliath by Guido Reni is a mix of Renaissance and Baroque styles. Depicting the Biblical tale of David and Goliath, this painting, oil on canvas, is 22-centimeters tall. David is portrayed as a beautiful, clear-skinned lad while the head of Goliath is huge with a long beard and hair. David is wearing colorful garb, and his stunning red hat has a long feather attached to it. A classicist artwork, Reni's painting shines a light on 17th-century idealism and classic beauty.

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Dante and Virgil in Hell

Artist: Eugène Delacroix

Year: 1822 

Location: Room 700, Denon Wing, Level 1

The painting, Dante and Virgil in Hell, is also known as The Barque of Dante.  It depicts events from Italian poet Dante's epic piece - Divine Comedy. Dante and Virgil in Hell was the first major painting of Eugène Delacroix. The scene shows Dante and ancient Roman poet Virgil crossing the river Styx tormented by souls in the City of the Dead. The painting was first exhibited in 1822 during the existence of the Salon, the official art exhibition of Paris. The painting was sold in 1822 and was shown in a Paris Museum. Later, in 1874, the art piece moved to the Louvre. 

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The Battle between Love and Chastity

Artist: Pietro Perugino

Year: 1505 

Location:  Department of Paintings

The Battle between Love and Chastity is a Renaissance-era painting by Italian artist Pietro Perugino. Commissioned by Isabella d'Este, the painting depicts the fight between the personifications of Love and Chastity. The Tempera painting invited criticism for not following the style of Andrea Mantegna, one of the greatest Renaissance painters. Perugino's vision was to paint the Roman Goddesses Minerva, Diana, and Venus in his style. When he depicted Venus as a naked woman, Isabella objected. The Battle between Love and Chastity is exceptional because it helps us understand the moral values of the Renaissance period.

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The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne

Artist: Leonardo da Vinci 

Year: 1503-1519

Location: Denon Wing, Grand Galeriè

The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne was commissioned by King Louis XII of France but never was delivered. It is believed that this Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece is still unfinished. The biblical theme shows Saint Anne with her daughter Virgin Mary, and the Infant Jesus. Jesus is coaxing a sacrificial lamb. The oil painting on wood is 51-inches tall. It is one of the most confusing paintings of Leonardo da Vinci because of its theme and possible hidden messages.

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The Pastoral Concert

Artist: Titian 

Year: 1509 

Location: Denon Wing, Room 711

The Pastoral Concert is a painting particularly noted for its Venetian characteristics. Painted by Italian Renaissance master Titian, the pastoral concert was painted to symbolize refuge from a series of battles in Italy. The art piece shows three young men in the Italian countryside playing music. Accompanying them are two naked women, one serving water from a marble basin and the other sitting on the lawn. The painting is noted for its unique color palette and naturalism. It was widely believed that the painter behind the pastoral concert was Giorgione. Later, researchers suggested Titian was the real artist.

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The Rape of the Sabine Woman

Artist: Nicolas Poussin

Year: 1633–34

Location: Richelieu Wing, Room 828

This painting is also known as The Abduction of the Sabine Women. The Rape of the Sabine Woman is on oil canvas and was created by French Baroque-style artist Nicolas Poussin. The painting depicts an episode from Roman mythology. Ancient Italic people known as Sabines were invited by the Romans for a feast. At the command of Roman leader Romulus, Roman men forcibly pounced upon the young women. The painting shows the gruesome ways Romans acted during their prime to retain power and enslave other cultures.

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St. Francis of Assisi Receiving Stigmata

Artist: Giotto di Bondone

Year: 1295 -30

Location: Denon Wing, Room 708

Giotto di Bondone's byzantine painting St. Francis of Assisi Receiving Stigmata was painted for the Church of Saint Francis in Pisa. The 314-centimeter-tall painting depicts an episode from the life of St. Francis of Assisi. Created with tempera and gold on panel, the real painter behind St. Francis of Assisi Receiving Stigmata is still a matter of debate. Following the traditional Byzantine style, the painting is noted for the lack of emotion of characters and stiffness. It belonged to the church until Napoleon Bonaparte looted and moved the art pieces to France.

Other Collections at the Louvre

Aside from a remarkable collection of paintings, the Louvre Museum is also home to noteworthy sculptures, antiques, royal furniture, and other works of art. Don't miss out on a chance to discover one of the finest and largest collections of art. Visit the Louvre Museum today!

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Louvre Paintings

What are the most famous Louvre paintings?

Arguably the most famous painting in the Louvre is the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. Other famous Louvre paintings include The Raft of Medusa, The Wedding at Cana, The Coronation of Napoleon, Liberty Leading the People, and many more.

How many Louvre paintings are on display at the museum?

Louvre has 7,500 paintings on display including the Mona Lisa.

Can I see the Louvre paintings?

Yes, the Louvre paintings are open for public viewing.

Where can I find the Louvre paintings?

Louvre paintings are displayed in different sections of the museum. French and Northern European art pieces are showcased at Richelieu Wing and Cour Carrée, while the Spanish and Italian works can be seen on the first floor of Denon wing.

Which is the most expensive Louvre painting?

The Mona Lisa was valued at around $860 million in 2020.

Do I have to pay to see the Louvre paintings?

Yes, all visitors above age 18 have to buy a ticket to see the Louvre paintings.

How much do I have to pay to see the Louvre paintings?

Tickets to the Louvre Museum start from €17.

Is there a guided tour of the Louvre paintings?

Yes, you can opt for a guided tour of the museum where you can learn more about the Louvre paintings.

How old are the Louvre paintings?

Some of the paintings on display at the Louvre in Paris date back to the 13th century.

Are the Louvre paintings worth a visit?

Yes, the Louvre is the most-visited museum in the world. It displays some of the greatest pieces of art in all human history. 

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