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Galleries or important sections

The Louvre's collection covers Western art from the medieval period to 1848, formative works from the civilizations of the ancient world, and works of Islamic art. The museum is divided into eight Departments:
  • Near Eastern Antiquities
    Dedicated to the ancient civilizations of the Near East and covers a period from the first settlements, which appeared more than ten thousand years ago.

  • Egyptian Antiquities
    This section Features vestiges from the civilizations that developed in the Nile Valley from the late prehistoric era (c. 4000 BC) to the Christian period (4th century AD); has more than 50,000 items kept in over 20 rooms, includes the big Sphinx as the guard, mummies, papyrus scrolls, jewelry, clothing, tools, musical instruments, games, and weapons..

  • Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities
    This section shows works from the Greek, Etruscan, and Roman civilizations, illustrating the art of a vast area that covers Greece, Italy, and the whole of the Mediterranean basin, during the period that extends from Neolithic times (4th millennium BC) to the 6th century AD.

  • Islamic Art
    The section is currently closed, but will reopen in 2012, is the latest collection of the Louvre Museum where you will find many types of glasses, ceramics, wood, metal ware, carpets, ivory, miniatures, and textiles making up for over 5,000 pieces.

  • Sculptures
    The rooms devoted to "modern" sculpture, opened in 1824, across time became the Department of Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern Sculpture. Separate collections were founded in 1848 for antiquities and in 1893 for objects d'art.

  • Decorative Arts
    The section features a highly varied range of objects consists in jewelry, tapestries, ivories, bronzes, ceramics, and furniture. The collection covers the period from the Middle Ages to the first half of the 19th century.

  • Paintings
    The section shows an encyclopedic scope of the Louvre, covers every European school from the 13th century to 1848. The collection is supervised by twelve curators, considered as the most renowned experts in their field.

  • Prints and Drawings
    This section is devoted to the extraordinary collection of works on paper, which include prints, drawings, pastels, and miniatures. These fragile works feature in temporary exhibitions and can also be viewed privately by arrangement.


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