1994 Photo Contest, Arts and Entertainment, 2nd prize

Raphaël Gaillarde


01 January, 1993

The illuminated Louvre Palace, with architect I.M. Pei's inverted pyramid in the foreground. In 1993 the Louvre celebrated its 200th anniversary as a public museum. It was the Count d'Angivillier who began cataloguing, expanding and restoring the collection in the 18th century. In November President Mitterrand marked the bicentennial by opening an additional 22,000 square meters of exhibition space as part of the Grand Louvre project. One of the largest and most famous museums in the world, the Louvre receives some five million visitors a year. About 25,000 art works are exhibited at any one time.

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Raphaël Gaillarde

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