French Masters at the Louvre Private Tour

Louvre Highlights with a Scholar Private Tour

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What You'll Do
  • Enjoy an extensive tour of the French collections at the Louvre with an art historian guide
  • Explore the development of French painting from the 14th to 19th centuries.
  • See masterpieces by Rubens, Watteau and Delacroix
  • Go to the Cour Marly, one of the most beautiful sections of the Louvre
  • Learn about French art's relationship with the Italian Renaissance and the Baroque
  • Discover paintings by the prolific School of Fontainebleau
  • Travel in a small group of no more than 6 for more personalized discussions about art
Explore the history of French painting on a scholar-led private tour of the Louvre's art collection. Discover paintings by Rubens, Delacoix, Poussin and more, and learn about the development of French painting from the 14th to 19th centuries.
What to Expect
Learn about the history of French painting from the 14th to the 19th century on a 3-hour walk through the Louvre in the guidance of an art historian. The tour is designed for private groups of up to 6 people.

Begin at the Cour Marly, arguably one of the most beautiful spots in the museum, to establish a background for the itinerary. View sculptures by Coustou, Coysevox, and other artists hired by Louis XIV to create works for his royal playground in Marly Park.

Discuss the development of the Gothic style in France, acknowledged as the beginning of Western Art in Europe. Then, move upstairs to the Richelieu Wing, to see masterworks by Quarton, Jean le Bon, and the School of Fontainebleau. Continue to the 17th century and the advent of French Classicism, exploring the works of Poussin and Claude Lorrain.

Pass through the Rubens Hall, stopping by Watteau's theatrical paintings, Boucher's lascivious mythological works, and Chardin's fabulous still lifes, and Fragonard's “fantasy portraits” from the 18th century. Then, end with the impressive large-format 19th-century paintings in the Denon Wing. Here, you will focus on David, whose politically charged neo-classical works played a major role in the French Revolution. At the tail end of your walk, if time allows (and depending on the interests of your group), you may take a quick stroll through the Objets d'Art wing, which contains housewares and clothing that once belonged to Napoleon and Marie Antoinette, among others.
What's Included
  • Art historian guide
What's Not Included
  • Entrance fee (USD 16.17 approx per person)
Meeting Point

Meet your docent in front of the Café Palais Royal, 202 Rue St. Honore, on the corner of Rue St. Honore and Rue de Valois. Nearest Metro, Palais Royal/Musee du Louvre (Line 7, or Line 1). From the Metro, follow exit signs to Palais Royal. Exit into a small open square, flanked by the Rue Rivoli and Rue St. Honore. The Café Palais Royal has a red awning with Café Palais Royal in yellow neon. Please note that the price of the tour includes your entrance ticket(s) to the Louvre. Your docent will have these tickets with him/her at your meeting point.

Know Before You Go
• Please note that this is a private tour. The price is per party. You pay a flat fee, and may bring up to 5 extra people
• Please note that a museum ticket must be purchased at check out for every participant on the tour. If you do not purchase the museum entrance ticket you will not be able to participate on the tour and no refund will be due
• Please note: the Louvre will be under renovation on some of the 17th Century French Master rooms until mid 2013. Your docent will modify the walk accordingly (some of the named artists may not be covered)
• Tour can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting please call so that the message can be relayed to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations

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