Another Part of the Louvre — The Napoleon III Apartments

The Louvre, the world’s most visited museum, is about more than just painting and sculpture.

As I’ve mentioned, one of the things I wanted to do in France was to explore a selection of period rooms.  The section of the Louvre that contains the Napoleon III Apartments, which were built between 1854 and 1861, displays Second Empire decorative art at its most opulent.

It’s difficult to describe the rooms without using the phrase “over the top,” so I’m not even going to try.


Compare and Contrast

From some of the windows in the ornate apartments, you can look down at I.M. Pei’s comparatively minimalist Louvre Pyramid.


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