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Inventing the Louvre: Art, Politics, and the Origins of the Modern Museum in Eighteenth-Century Paris Paperback – Illustrated, 27 Oct. 1999

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  • Paperback : 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0520221761
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0520221765
  • Product Dimensions : 15.24 x 1.78 x 22.86 cm
  • Publisher : University of California Press; New Ed Edition (27 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: : English
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"A masterly account. . . . A notably intelligent book which on its own terms contributes as much to our understanding of cultural life in the French Revolutionary period as did, for an earlier period, Thomas Crow's "Painters and Public Life in 18th-Century Paris."--Giles Waterfield, "Burlington Magazine


Founded in the final years of the Enlightenment, the Louvre became the model for all state art museums subsequently established. This text chronicles the formation of the museum from its origins in the French royal picture collections to its apotheosis during the Revolution and Napoleonic Empire.