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The Louvre or the Louvre Museum is one of the world's largest museums and a historic monument in Paris, France. A central landmark of the city, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement (district). Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres (652,300 square feet). The Louvre is the world's most visited museum, and received more than 9.7 million visitors in 2012. The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century under Philip II. Remnants of the fortress are visible in the basement of the museum. The building was extended many times to form the present Louvre Palace.

Pavilions of the Louvre

Jan 1 1849

UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1849: Pavilions of the Louvre (Photo by Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

Ruined Louvre

Jan 1 1871

circa 1871: Commune of Paris - Destruction in the Louvre, the roof has been completely demolished. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)

Paris

Jun 10 1871

10th June 1871: Paris before the Commune with the Palace of the Tuileries in the foreground attached to the Louvre with Notre Dame in the centre background and Sacre Coeur to the right. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Paris (Ist district). The guichets of Louvre, abou

Jan 1 1890

FRANCE - CIRCA 1890: Paris (Ist district). The guichets of Louvre, about 1890-1900. (Photo by ND/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

Paris. The Louvre, The clock pavilion.

Jan 1 1890

FRANCE - CIRCA 1890: Paris. The Louvre, The clock pavilion. (Photo by LL/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

La Galerie Campana. Artist: Giraud, Sébastien Charles (1819-1892)

Jan 1 1892

La Galerie Campana. Found in the collection of Louvre, Paris. (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

The Louvre.

Jan 1 1895

The Louvre, a gallery in the Louvre, Paris, France. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty images)

The Apollo gallery. Paris, museum of Louvre.

Jan 1 1895

FRANCE - CIRCA 1895: The Apollo gallery. Paris, museum of Louvre. (Photo by ND/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

The Apollo gallery. Paris, museum of Louvre.

Jan 1 1895

FRANCE - CIRCA 1895: The Apollo gallery. Paris, museum of Louvre. (Photo by LL/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

The Louvre, Paris, France between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900.

Jan 2 1895

The Louvre, Paris, France between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

Paris, France -

Jan 1 1900

FRANCE - CIRCA 1900: Paris, France - The Louvre. (Photo by Francois BIBAL/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Mona Lisa

Jan 1 1914

PARIS - 1914: Two men carry the painting of the Mona Lisa back to the Louvre circa 1914 in Paris, France. Vincenzo Peruggia perpetrated what has been described as the greatest art theft of the 20th century. (Photo by Roger-Viollet/Getty Images)

Restoration Of The Louvre S Statues At Rivoli Street On Paris On Thirties

Jan 1 1930

FRANCE - JANUARY 01: Restoration Of The Louvre S Statues At Rivoli Street On Paris On Thirties (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Aids to the indirect lighting are installed in the Louvre

Jan 1 1930

FRANCE - CIRCA 1930: Aids to the indirect lighting are installed in the Louvre. Paris. Photograph. Around 1930. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images)

Louvre, Laboratory For Great Artist Paintings Study And Identification In Paris On October 13Rd 1931

Oct 13 1931

FRANCE - JANUARY 01: Louvre, Laboratory For Great Artist Paintings Study And Identification In Paris On October 13Rd 1931 (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

May 3Rd 1934, Paris, Albert Lebrun, French President Visiting Louvre

May 3 1934

FRANCE - JANUARY 01: May 3Rd 1934, Paris, Albert Lebrun, French President Visiting Louvre (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Former Riding School In The Louvre

Jan 1 1935

Paris (France). Hall of the old Imperial Riding School in the Louvre - which now serves as a showroom for catalogs and postcards and reproductions of the museum. About 1935. Photograph. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images) .

Popular Tuesday At The Louvre Museum In 1937

Feb 3 1937

FRANCE - FEBRUARY 03: Georges Huisman, Director Of Beaux-Arts, Jean Zay Minister Of National Education, Leo Lagrange Under Secretary To Sports And Hobbies And Henri Verne, Director Of The Louvre Museum Before The Venus Of Milo When The First Popular Tuesday Event Was Inaugurated At The Louvres Museum. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

The Crowd Before La Venus De Milo At Louvre Museum In 1937

Feb 3 1937

FRANCE - FEBRUARY 03: The Crowd Admiring Lvenus De Milo At Louvre Museum On The First Free Entrance Thursday On Frebruary 3, 1937. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Ribbentrop And His Wife Visiting The Louvre Museum At Paris In France On December 7Th 1938

Dec 7 1938

FRANCE - DECEMBER 07: Ribbentrop And His Wife Visiting The Louvre Museum At Paris In France On December 7Th 1938 (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Taking The Paintings Off The Walls Of The Louvre Museum In 1939

Sep 5 1939

FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 05: Some Paintings Were Taken Off The Walls Of A Louvre Gallery And Hidden On September 5, 1939. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

The Louvre Museum'S Artworks Sheltered In 1939

Sep 5 1939

FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 05: View Of A Wall At The Louvre Museum (On Which La Joconde Was Displayed), Empty Of Its Paintings And On Which The Titles Of Artworks Are Written On Their Area Of Display, On September 5, 1939. Faced With The Threat Of War, The Museum'S Artworks Began Being Moved Out In 1938 And Were Transferred To Manyh Castles Located Outside Paris. On September 27, The Works In Need Of Protection Are Expedited To Chambord'S Castle. They Were Brought Back To Paris Following The Declaration Of Peace. The Louvre Shut Its Doors On August 25, 1939. Leonard Da Vinci'S Mona Lisa Had Already Been Gone Over A Week And Over Four Thousand Wooden Boxes Were Made To Hold The Paintings. Evacuations Continued On September 3, 1939, And The Works Were Dispered Between Many Storehouse Castles. The Final Repatriation To Paris Took Place At The Very End Of The War. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

German Field Marshal von Rundstedt visiting the Louvre, occupied Paris, October 1940.

Jan 1 1940

German Field Marshal von Rundstedt visiting the Louvre, occupied Paris, October 1940. Von Rundstedt was the commander of German forces in occupied France at the time. He is accompanied on his visit by the musum's curator. (Photo by Art Media/Print Collector/Getty Images)

German Field Marshal von Rundstedt visiting the Louvre, occupied Paris, October 1940.

Jan 1 1940

German Field Marshal von Rundstedt visiting the Louvre, occupied Paris, October 1940. Von Rundstedt was the commander of German forces in occupied France at the time. He is accompanied on his visit by the musum's curator. (Photo by Art Media/Print Collector/Getty Images)

German Troops Passing By The Ticket Booths Of The Louvre

Aug 1 1940

FRANCE - AUGUST 01: These German soldiers are passing by one of the ticket booths of the Louvre to go into the museum. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

World War II. German Generals

Oct 1 1940

FRANCE - OCTOBER 01: World War II. German Generals Gerd von Rundstedt (1875-1953) and von Brodowski at the reopening of the Louvre museum. Paris, October 1940. (Photo by LAPI/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

World War II. German generals

Oct 1 1940

FRANCE - OCTOBER 01: World War II. German generals Gerd von Rundstedt (1875-1953) and von Brodowsky during the reopening of the Louvre museum. Paris, October 1940. (Photo by LAPI/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

World War II. German General

Oct 1 1940

FRANCE - OCTOBER 01: World War II. German General Gerd von Rundstedt (1875-1953) at the reopening of the Louvre museum. Paris, October 1940. (Photo by LAPI/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

World War II. German General

Oct 1 1940

FRANCE - OCTOBER 01: World War II. German General Gerd von Rundstedt (1875-1953) at the reopening of the Louvre museum. Paris, October 1940. (Photo by LAPI/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

World War II. German General

Oct 1 1940

FRANCE - OCTOBER 01: World War II. German General Gerd von Rundstedt (1875-1953) at the reopening of the Louvre museum. Paris, October 1940. (Photo by LAPI/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

World War II. German General

Oct 1 1940

FRANCE - OCTOBER 01: World War II. German General Gerd von Rundstedt (1875-1953) at the reopening of the Louvre museum. Paris, October 1940. (Photo by LAPI/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

The Louvre square under the snow. Paris, january 1

Jan 1 1941

FRANCE - CIRCA 1941: The Louvre square under the snow. Paris, january 1st, 1941. (Photo by LAPI/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

Gallery in The Louvre museum with a single statue, other art pieces are still in hiding for duration of war.

Jan 1 1944

FRANCE - CIRCA 1944: Gallery in The Louvre museum with a single statue, other art pieces are still in hiding for duration of war. (Photo by Frank Scherschel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Gallery in museum The Louvre, nearly all bare of paintings and sculpture because art pieces are still in hiding for duration of war.

Jan 1 1944

FRANCE - CIRCA 1944: Gallery in museum The Louvre, nearly all bare of paintings and sculpture because art pieces are still in hiding for duration of war. (Photo by Frank Scherschel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

The Louvre.

Jan 1 1944

FRANCE - CIRCA 1944: The Louvre. (Photo by Frank Scherschel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Return of the Victory of Samothrace at the Louvr

Jan 1 1945

FRANCE - CIRCA 1945: Return of the 'Victory of Samothrace' at the Louvre museum, after the war. Paris, 1945. (Photo by Pierre Jahan/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

Return of the Joconde at the Louvre museum, afte

Jan 1 1945

FRANCE - CIRCA 1945: Return of the 'Joconde' at the Louvre museum, after the war. Paris, 1945. (Photo by Pierre Jahan/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

Return of the masterpieces at the Louvre museum, a

Jan 1 1945

FRANCE - CIRCA 1945: Return of the masterpieces at the Louvre museum, after the war. Paris, 1945. (Photo by Pierre Jahan/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

Frames waiting the return of masterpieces at the L

Jan 1 1945

FRANCE - CIRCA 1945: Frames waiting the return of masterpieces at the Louvre museum, after the war. Paris, 1945. (Photo by Pierre Jahan/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

Return of the Victory of Samothrace at the Louvr

Jan 1 1945

FRANCE - CIRCA 1945: Return of the 'Victory of Samothrace' at the Louvre museum, after the war. Paris, 1945. (Photo by Pierre Jahan/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

Return of the masterpieces at the LOuvre museum, a

Jan 1 1945

FRANCE - CIRCA 1945: Return of the masterpieces at the LOuvre museum, after the war. Paris, 1945. (Photo by Pierre Jahan/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

Return of the Victory of Samothrace at the Louvr

Jan 1 1945

FRANCE - CIRCA 1945: Return of the 'Victory of Samothrace' at the Louvre museum, after the war. Paris, 1945. (Photo by Pierre Jahan/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

Return of the Victory of Samothrace at the Louvr

Jan 1 1945

FRANCE - CIRCA 1945: Return of the 'Victory of Samothrace' at the Louvre museum, after the war. Paris, 1945. (Photo by Pierre Jahan/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

Return of the Victory of Samothrace at the Louvr

Jan 1 1945

FRANCE - CIRCA 1945: Return of the 'Victory of Samothrace' at the Louvre museum, after the war. Paris, 1945. (Photo by Pierre Jahan/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

Frames waiting the return of the masterpieces at t

Jan 1 1945

FRANCE - CIRCA 1945: Frames waiting the return of the masterpieces at the Louvre museum, after the war. Paris, 1945. (Photo by Pierre Jahan/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

Return of the Victory of Samothrace at the Louvr

Jan 1 1945

FRANCE - CIRCA 1945: Return of the 'Victory of Samothrace' at the Louvre museum, after the war. Paris, 1945. (Photo by Pierre Jahan/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

Return of the Victory of Samathrace at the Louvr

Jan 1 1945

FRANCE - CIRCA 1945: Return of the 'Victory of Samathrace' at the Louvre museum, after the war. Paris, 1945. (Photo by Pierre Jahan/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

Return of the Victory of the Samaothrace at the

Jan 1 1945

FRANCE - CIRCA 1945: Return of the 'Victory of the Samaothrace' at the Louvre museum, after the war. Paris, 1945. (Photo by Pierre Jahan/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

The Venus Of Milo Is Re-Exposed To The Louvre After Having Been Sheltered From Bombings And Nazi Greed July 2, 1945.

Jul 2 1945

FRANCE - AUGUST 02: The Venus of Milo is re-exposed to the Louvre after having been sheltered from bombings and Nazi greed July 2, 1945. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

La Venus De Milo At Louvre Museum In 1945

Jul 2 1945

FRANCE - JULY 02: Some Workers Palming La Venus De Milo Which Was Back At Louvre Museum After Being Hidden From The German Occupation On July 2, 1945. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

La Joconde At Louvre Museum In 1945

Jul 10 1945

FRANCE - JULY 10: A Visitor Watching The Painting At Louvre Museum After It Was Put Back On July 10, 1945. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

France Cities

Feb 1 1946

February 1946: An interior view of the Louvre Museum. (Photo by Ed Clark/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

France Cities

Feb 1 1946

February 1946: An interior view of the Louvre Museum. (Photo by Ed Clark/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Chinese Peace Conference delegation visi

Aug 1 1946

Chinese Peace Conference delegation visiting the Louvre Museum. (Photo by George Rodger/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Shih-Chieh Wang;Tai Tsien

Aug 1 1946

Chinese Peace Conference delegates Ambassador Tsien Tai (4R) and Dr. Wang Shih-Chieh (2L) looking at the sculpture Winged Victory in the Louvre Museum. (Photo by George Rodger/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Shih-Chieh Wang;Tai Tsien;Leonardo Da Vinci [Misc.]

Aug 1 1946

Chinese Peace Conference delegates Ambassador Tsien Tai (CL) and Dr. Wang Shih-Chieh (R) viewing the painting Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci hanging in the Louvre Museum. (Photo by George Rodger/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Louvre Visitors

Jan 1 1947

1947: Visitors in the Louvre, Paris. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)

Love In The Louvre

Jan 1 1947

1947: A couple kiss in the Roman Hall in the Louvre, Paris. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)

Forgers At Work

Jan 1 1947

1947: Copyists at work in the Louvre, Paris. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)

Hilma Seay

Apr 1 1947

Cotton Queen Hilma Seay standing in front of Louvre Museum. (Photo by Hans Wild/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Louvre Showcase

Apr 15 1947

15th April 1947: A visitor to the Galerie d'Apollon in the Louvre, Paris, views the crowns of Napoleon and King Louis XIV in a showcase. (Photo by George Konig/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

Worker re-hangs 'Mona Lisa' at the Louvre

Oct 6 1947

PARIS, FRANCE: An employee of the Louvre museum in Paris, France hangs the famous 'Mona Lisa' painting, by Leonardo da Vinci, (1452-1519), 6 October 1947, during the re-opening of the Grand Gallery of the Louvre, which had been closed for two years following the end of World War II. AFP PHOTO (photo credit should read AFP/Getty Images)

American travelers touring the Roman sec

Jul 1 1948

American travelers touring the Roman section of the Louvre museum. (Photo by Yale Joel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Statue of Aphrodite standing amid flower

Mar 1 1949

Statue of Aphrodite standing amid flowers imported from Holland during a flower show in the Louvre's Salle des Caryatides. (Photo by Dmitri Kessel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

People viewing flowers imported from Hol

Mar 1 1949

People viewing flowers imported from Holland during a flower show in the Louvre's Salle des Caryatides. (Photo by Dmitri Kessel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

People playing petanque in Paris, France in 1950's.

Jan 1 1950

FRANCE - JANUARY 01: People playing petanque in front of the Louvre museum in Paris, France in 1950's. (Photo by REPORTERS ASSOCIES/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Patrons looking at art in a gallery of the Louvre.

Jan 1 1950

FRANCE - 1950: Patrons looking at art in a gallery of the Louvre. (Photo by Dmitri Kessel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

The war is specified, The works of art of the Louvre are put in safet keeping and leave the capital.

Jan 1 1950

The war is specified, The works of art of the Louvre are put in safet keeping and leave the capital. (Photo by Photo12/UIG/Getty Images)

Georges Salles

Feb 1 1950

Director Georges Salles of the Louvre museum sitting at his desk. (Photo by Dmitri Kessel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

The sprawling Louvre museum looking out

Feb 1 1950

The sprawling Louvre museum looking out on formal gardens and bordering on the Seine River. (Photo by Dmitri Kessel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

A doorway of the Apollon gallery display

Feb 1 1950

A doorway of the Apollon gallery displayed in the Louvre museum. (Photo by Dmitri Kessel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Inside The Louvre

Feb 1 1950

People inside the Louvre art gallery in Paris, February 1950. (Photo by Dmitri Kessel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Children taking notes during a discussio

Feb 1 1950

Children taking notes during a discussion of the ancient greek pottery at the Louvre museum. (Photo by Dmitri Kessel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Classical statuary stands in a 17th cent

Feb 1 1950

Classical statuary stands in a 17th century courtyard that is devoted to Greek and Roman art in the Louvre museum. (Photo by Dmitri Kessel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Medieval archway from French priory lead

Feb 1 1950

Medieval archway from French priory leads to a gallery displaying sculptures in the Louvre museum. (Photo by Dmitri Kessel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Theodore Gericault [Misc.]

Feb 1 1950

Art restorer cleaning upside down painting The Raft of the Medusa by Theodore Gericault. (Photo by Dmitri Kessel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Little girl reading about the archaic Io

Feb 1 1950

Little girl reading about the archaic Ionian pottery of ancient Greece in the Louvre museum. (Photo by Dmitri Kessel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Louis Xv [RF: Misc.]

Feb 1 1950

Married couple and their young daughter viewing the crown of King Louis XV at the Louvre museum. (Photo by Dmitri Kessel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Raphael [Misc.];Raphael [Misc.];Jeanne D'Aragon [Misc.]

Feb 1 1950

A portrait of Jeanne d'Aragon painted by Raphael hanging behind a mellow guard at the Louvre museum. (Photo by Dmitri Kessel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Loading statue worker places Roman carvi

Feb 1 1950

Loading statue worker places Roman carving of an athlete on carriage to be taken to workshop to be restored at the Louvre museum. (Photo by Dmitri Kessel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

The sprawling Louvre museum looking out

Feb 1 1950

The sprawling Louvre museum looking out on formal gardens and bordering on the Seine River. (Photo by Dmitri Kessel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

The Apollon gallery with a view of the c

Sep 1 1950

The Apollon gallery with a view of the ceiling in the Louvre museum. (Photo by Dmitri Kessel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

The Venus De Milo At The Louvre Museum

Nov 1 1950

The Venus De Milo At The Louvre Museum. Paris - novembre 1950 - Au musée du Louvre, des visiteurs derrière la vitrine des couronnes royales des rois de France : de gauche à droite, la couronne de LOUIS XV, la statuette équestre de CHARLEMAGNE, la couronne de Liège et la couronne de CHARLEMAGNE. (Photo by Walter Carone/Paris Match via Getty Images)

Yvette Chauvire. Official reception of the French

Jan 1 1953

FRANCE - CIRCA 1953: Yvette Chauvire. Official reception of the French Alliance. Paris, museum of the Louvre, October 1953. LIP-020418-022. (Photo by Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

Yvette Chauvire and Michel Renault. Official recep

Jan 1 1953

FRANCE - CIRCA 1953: Yvette Chauvire and Michel Renault. Official reception of the French Alliance. Paris, museum of the Louvre, October 1953. LIP-020418-016. (Photo by Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

Yvette Chauvire. Official reception of the French

Jan 1 1953

FRANCE - CIRCA 1953: Yvette Chauvire. Official reception of the French Alliance. Paris, museum of the Louvre, October 1953. LIP-020418-030. (Photo by Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

Serge Lifar, Nina Vyroubova, Michel Renault, Yvett

Jan 1 1953

FRANCE - 1953: Serge Lifar, Nina Vyroubova, Michel Renault, Yvette Chauvire and Charles Trenet. Paris, official reception of the Louvre, in October, 1953. RV-738141. (Photo by Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

Crown Prince Akihito Makes Trip To Attend Queen Elizabeth II Coronation

Jun 15 1953

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 15: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Crown Prince Akihito visits Louvre Museum on June 15, 1953 in Paris, France. Crown Prince Akihito makes a trip to Great Britain to attend the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation in 1953, during the 7-month travel, Crown Prince visited 14 countries. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

Very long gallery of paintings at Louvre

Jul 1 1953

Very long gallery of paintings at Louvre Museum with skylight ceilings. (Photo by Nat Farbman/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Grand gallery at Louvre Museum, with sky

Jul 1 1953

Grand gallery at Louvre Museum, with skylighted ceilings addding to illusion of depth, is 900 feet long. (Photo by Nat Farbman/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Roberta And Venus

Mar 27 1954

27th March 1954: Transsexual Roberta Cowell, formerly Robert Cowell admires the Venus de Milo in the Louvre during a visit to Paris. Roberta was once a Spitfire pilot, prisoner-of-war, racing motorist, husband and father of two, but has become a woman following hormone treatment and surgery. Original Publication: Picture Post - 7078 - Roberta Cowell's Own Story - 3: My Years of Crisis - pub. 1954 (Photo by Maurice Ambler/Picture Post/Getty Images)

Mrs Desroches-Noblecourt Egyptian Departement Curator Of The Louvre Museum In 1955

Jan 1 1955

FRANCE - JANUARY 01: Mrs Desroches-Noblecourt, Egyptian Department Curator Of The Louvre Museum Ne (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

In The Fifties In Paris, France -

Jan 1 1955

FRANCE - CIRCA 1900: In The Fifties In Paris, France - Automobiles in front of the Louvre. (Photo by Dominique BERRETTY/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Mrs Desroches Noblecourt Egyptian Department Curator At The Louvre Museum In 1955

Jan 1 1955

FRANCE - JANUARY 01: Mrs Desroches-Noblecourt, Egyptian Department Curator Of The Louvre Museum On June 17Th 1955. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Mrs Desroches-Noblecourt Egyptian Departement Curator Of The Louvre Museum In 1955

Jun 9 1955

FRANCE - JUNE 09: Mrs Desroches-Noblecourt, Egyptian Department Curator Of The Louvre Museum Ne (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

The Mona Lisa Back At The Louvre After Restoration 1956

Jan 20 1956

FRANCE - JANUARY 20: On January 20, 1956, After The Restoration Of The Mona Lisa Which Had Been Damaged, The Painting Is Once Again Displayed In The Louvre Museum, Watched Over By Two Guards And An Inspector And Protected From The Public By A Fenced-Off Area. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Audrey In The Louvre

Jan 1 1957

Actress Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) descends the Daru Staircase at the Louvre in Paris, in a scene from the film 'Funny Face', 1957. The ancient marble sculpture of the Winged Victory of Samothrace is visible at the top of the stairs. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Paris, Candle Lit Banquet At The Louvre Museum, Queen Elizabeth Ii Arrival In April 1957.

Apr 1 1957

FRANCE - APRIL 01: Paris, Candle Lit Banquet At The Louvre Museum, Queen Elizabeth Ii Arrival In April 1957. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Official Visit Of The Queen Elizabeth Ii In France

Apr 10 1957

Official Visit Of The Queen Elizabeth Ii In France. Troisième journée du voyage de la reine d'Angleterre en France. Le banquet au musée du Louvre, dans la salle des Cariatides. ELIZABETH II dîne aux chandelles face à la Diane chasseresse. La salle est décorée de Sèvres et d'orchidées. Au menu, le fameux 'hérisson périgourdin' (boule de foie gras), qui avait si fort intrigué Buckingham et toute la presse anglaise. (Photo by Walter Carone/Paris Match via Getty Images)

Elizabandh II a Paris

Apr 10 1957

Visit of queen Elizabeth II of England, april 10, 1957 : reception at the Louvre with french president Rene Coty. (Photo by RDA/Getty Images)

At the Louvre. Paris. Photograph. September 1958

Sep 1 1958

FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 01: At the Louvre. Paris. Photograph. September 1958 (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images)

At the Louvre. Paris. Photograph. September 1958

Sep 1 1958

FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 01: At the Louvre. Paris. Photograph. September 1958 (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images)

At the Louvre. Paris. Photograph. September 1958

Sep 1 1958

FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 01: At the Louvre. Paris. Photograph. September 1958 (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images)

Artists scrutinize their versions of a Titian portrait (left) and the Mona Lisa (right), at the Louvre.

Jan 1 1960

Artists scrutinize their versions of a Titian portrait (left) and the Mona Lisa (right), at the Louvre. (Photo By Dmitri Kessel/The LIFE Premium Collection/Getty Images)

Louvre Snack-Bar In 1960

Aug 19 1960

FRANCE - AUGUST 19: The Snack-Bar Set On A Louvre Terrace Over The Tuileries Garden On August 19, 1960. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Leopold Senghor And Andre Malraux At The Louvre

Apr 1 1961

FRANCE - APRIL 01: The President of the Republic of Senegal Leopold Sedar SENGHOR visiting the Louvre with the French Minister of Cultural Affairs Andre MALRAUX (right). (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Melina Mercouri

Jan 1 1962

Actress Melina Mercouri holding several fingers in front of face while standing in front of bust of Janus, at Louvre. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/Pix Inc./The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Vandalism Act At Louvre. Empty Frame Of Corot Painting Le Pont De Mantes After Been Damaged On 12Th Of October 1962

Oct 12 1962

FRANCE - OCTOBER 12: Vandalism Act At Louvre. Empty Frame Of Corot Painting Le Pont De Mantes After Been Damaged On 12Th Of October 1962 (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Leonardo Da Vinci [Misc.]

Dec 1 1962

The temperature and humidty of the chamber carrying the 'Mona Lisa' to the National Gallery of Art, is checked by a Louvre scientist. (Photo by John Loengard/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Protecting The Mona Lisa For Her Trip To The United States 1962

Dec 14 1962

FRANCE - DECEMBER 14: On December 14, 1962, The Famous Painting By Leonardo Da Vinci, Mona Lisa Is Taken Down From The Wall At The Louvre Museum To Be Placed In A Fireproof And Insubmersible Steel Trunk, In Which It Will Be Carried Across The Atlantic (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

91 year-old painter visiting the Louvre

Jan 1 1963

PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 01: 91 year-old painter visiting the Louvre. (Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Ludmila Karagodov

Jan 1 1963

Painter Ludmila Karagodov copying painting at Louvre Museum for tourist trade. (Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Two weary American tourists resting on sofa in gallery

Jan 1 1963

PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 01: Two weary American tourists resting on sofa in gallery of the Louvre. (Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

The Mona Lisa Coming Back At The Louvre Museum In Paris In 1963

Mar 12 1963

FRANCE - MARCH 12: A Citroen Van Escorted By Police Motorcyclists Transporting The Mona Lisa At The Louvre Museum In Paris On March 12, 1963. Arriving At Le Havre In The Morning Aboard The Boat United States, The Painting Regains Its Place At The Louvre Museum. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

The Louvre

Jan 1 1964

PARIS FRANCE - 1964: A woman studies a painting at The Louvre in 1964 in Paris, France. (Photo by I.C. Rapoport/Getty Images)

The Louvre

Jan 1 1964

PARIS FRANCE - 1964: Two museum-goers study the painting, 'The Intervention of the Sabine Women' by Jacques-Louis David at The Louvre in 1964 in Paris, France. (Photo by I.C. Rapoport/Getty Images)

Clearing Of Ditches Of The Louvre 1965

Apr 29 1965

FRANCE - APRIL 29: Clearing Of Ditches Of The Louvre 1965 (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

The Laboratory Of Louvre Museum

Oct 14 1965

The Laboratory Of Louvre Museum. (Photo by Maurice Jarnoux/Paris Match via Getty Images)

The Laboratory Of Louvre Museum

Oct 14 1965

The Laboratory Of Louvre Museum. (Photo by Maurice Jarnoux/Paris Match via Getty Images)

Charles De Gaulle And Andre Malraux At The Louvre Museum

Dec 14 1966

FRANCE - DECEMBER 14: Paris. The President of the Republic Charles DE GAULLE, accompanied by the Minister of Culture Andre MALRAUX, visited the Japanese exhibition at the Louvre Museum. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

The Laboratory Of The Louvre

Jan 1 1968

In 1968, the laboratory and the restoration workshop of the Louvre museum in Paris, Under ultraviolet lighting, the tables reveal the secrets of their repainted. (Photo by Manuel Litran/Paris Match via Getty Images)

The Laboratory Of The Louvre

Jan 1 1968

In 1968, the restoration workshop of the Louvre museum in Paris, Microscopic work on a table . (Photo by Manuel Litran/Paris Match via Getty Images)

The Laboratory Of The Louvre

Jan 1 1968

In 1968, the Louvre Museum's laboratory in Paris and its director Magdeleine HOURS . (Photo by Manuel Litran/Paris Match via Getty Images)

The Laboratory Of The Louvre

Jan 1 1968

In 1968, the Louvre Museum's laboratory in Paris and its director Magdeleine HOURS, posing with a picture and radiographic . (Photo by Manuel Litran/Paris Match via Getty Images)

The Laboratory Of The Louvre

Jan 1 1968

In 1968, the laboratory and the restoration workshop of the Louvre museum in Paris . (Photo by Manuel Litran/Paris Match via Getty Images)

Andre Maraux And Jeno Fock In 1968

Mar 25 1968

FRANCE - MARCH 25: The Minister For Cultural Affairs With The Hungarian Head Of Government Visiting The Musee Du Louvre. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Paintings At The Louvre Museum

Jul 1 1968

Paintings At The Louvre Museum. En France, à Paris, au musée du Louvre, en juillet 1968, des visiteurs regardant 'La Joconde', le tableau du peintre Léonard DE VINCI. (Photo by Francois Pages/Paris Match via Getty Images)

Paintings At The Louvre Museum

Jul 31 1968

Paintings At The Louvre Museum. En France, à Paris, en juillet 1968, au musée du Louvre, la grande galerie, jusque là réservée à la peinture italienne, accueille les oeuvres des écoles Françaises des 17 et 18 ème siècles. Ici, une petite fille avec des nattes, en visite, s'approchant du grand tableau de Jean Antoine WATTEAU intitulé 'le Gilles'. (Photo by Francois Pages/Paris Match via Getty Images)

Visitors In Louvre Museum

Aug 13 1968

Visitors In Louvre Museum. Le 13 Aout 1968, en France, à Paris, au musée du Louvre des visiteurs de la section réservée à la peinture italienne, devant le tableau de Léonard DE VINCI la 'Joconde' et un asiatique en costume qui lui tourne le dos. (Photo by Francois Pages/Paris Match via Getty Images)

Visitors In Louvre Museum

Aug 13 1968

Visitors In Louvre Museum. Le 13 Aout 1968, en France, à Paris, au musée du Louvre, la foule des visiteurs de la section réservée à la peinture italienne, devant le tableau de Léonard DE VINCI la 'Joconde'. (Photo by Francois Pages/Paris Match via Getty Images)

Visitors In Louvre Museum

Aug 13 1968

Visitors In Louvre Museum. Le 13 Aout 1968, en France, à Paris, au musée du Louvre, un vieux touriste japonais en uniforme, portant béret et culotte courte, un appareil photo en bandoulière, parmi les autres visiteurs, regardant une oeuvre, les mains derrière le dos. (Photo by Francois Pages/Paris Match via Getty Images)

Visitors In Louvre Museum

Aug 13 1968

Visitors In Louvre Museum. Le 13 Aout 1968, en France, à Paris, au musée du Louvre des visiteurs se repose assis sur une banquette devant les toiles. L'une d'eux filme les oeuvres avec une caméra super 8. (Photo by Francois Pages/Paris Match via Getty Images)

The New Rooms Of The Flora Pavillon In The Louvre Museum

Jan 1 1970

The New Rooms Of The Flora Pavillon In The Louvre Museum. Paris - janvier 1970 - Des personnes non identifiées dans une salle du cabinet des dessins du Pavillon de Flore au musée du Louvre. (Photo by Georges Melet/Paris Match via Getty Images)

A Tribute To Picasso Museum Louvre In 1971

Nov 21 1971

FRANCE - NOVEMBER 21: The President Georges Pompidou At L'Arlequin (1923), Still Life In Ancient Head (1925) And Nude (1905).On November 21St, 1971\ \ Keystone The Agency Has Not Received Authorization From Rights Holders And Successors (Heirs And / Or Museums) Of The Author'S Work (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Scott Antony In 'Savage Messiah'

Jan 1 1972

Scott Antony perched high on a stone head in the Louvre Museum, defies the attendants in a scene from the film 'Savage Messiah', 1972. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)

Louvre Museum, Leonardo Da Vinci Painting Mona Lisa In Paris On October 12Nd 1972

Oct 12 1972

FRANCE - JANUARY 01: Louvre Museum, Leonardo Da Vinci Painting Mona Lisa In Paris On October 12Nd 1972 (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Louvre, Richelieu Wing, Statue In Paris On November 1973

Nov 1 1973

FRANCE - JANUARY 01: Louvre, Richelieu Wing, Statue In Paris On November 1973 (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Louvre, Richelieu Wing, Statue In Paris On November 1973

Nov 1 1973

FRANCE - JANUARY 01: Louvre, Richelieu Wing, Statue In Paris On November 1973 (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Louvre, Richelieu Wing, Statue In Paris On November 1973

Nov 1 1973

FRANCE - JANUARY 01: Louvre, Richelieu Wing, Statue In Paris On November 1973 (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

The Louvre Museum

Jan 5 1975

May 1975, the Musee du Louvre in the basement, the sculpture studio. (Photo by Manuel Litran/Paris Match via Getty Images)

In The Louvre In Paris, France -

Jan 1 1980

FRANCE - CIRCA 1900: In the Louvre in Paris, France - Louvre Pyramid. (Photo by Francois LE DIASCORN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

France, Paris, Louvre Museum...

Jan 1 1982

FRANCE - 1982/01/01: France, Paris, Louvre Museum. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Ieoh Ming Pei [Misc.]

Jan 1 1989

I.M. Pei's pyramid outside the Louvre. (Photo by Dmitri Kessel/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

Pyramide Of Louvre, Paris In 1989

Apr 1 1989

FRANCE - APRIL 01: Pyramide Of Louvre, Paris In 1989 (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

The Louvre Museum In Paris, France In 1993 -

Jan 1 1993

FRANCE - CIRCA 1993: The Louvre Museum in Paris, France in 1993. (Photo by Jean-Erick PASQUIER/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Glass pyramide in front of the Louvre in Paris.

Sep 6 1993

FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 06: Glass pyramide in front of the Louvre in Paris. (Photo by Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images)

View of the Louvre Carrousel in Paris 14 October 1

Oct 14 1993

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 14: View of the Louvre Carrousel in Paris 14 October 1993. (Photo credit should read VINCENT AMALVY/AFP/Getty Images)

The Louvre Museum In Paris, France In 1996 -

Jan 1 1996

FRANCE - CIRCA 1996: The Louvre museum in Paris, France in 1996 - Cleaning Pyramid of Louvre. (Photo by Francois LE DIASCORN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Sunset over the Louvre

May 28 1999

Sunsets over the glass permid at the Louvre in Paris, France May 28, 1999. (Photo by Charles Small)

Louvre at sunrise

May 28 1999

A view of the the glass pyramide at the Louvre in Paris, France in the early morning hours of May 28, 1999. (Picture by Charles Small)

Summer Storms

Apr 9 2013

Rainy day with storms in the city of Paris with the Louvre museum.

Louvre museum in the sunset

Apr 14 2013

[UNVERIFIED CONTENT] Pyramid and statue in the sunset at the Musee du Louvre.

Louvre museum at dusk

Apr 14 2013

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