The Louvre in your Lap

The Louvre in your Lap

New Art Book Includes Every One of The Louvre's 3,000-Plus Paintings

Have you always dreamed of taking a trip to The Louvre? Just because you can't just hop on a plane and jet over there doesn't mean you can't still enjoy all the fabulous art—and I mean ALL the fabulous art! (Well, maybe not all the art, but all the paintings, anyway!) Just released is a new art book that includes clear photographs of each one of the Louvre's 3,022 paintings. The Louvre: All the Paintings is an extensive hardcover volume that's beautiful from cover to cover. Published by Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers, the book was released November 15, 2011. Officially sanctioned by museum officials, The Louvre: All the Paintings is a collaborative work featuring the photographs by Erich Lessing, a preface by Loyrette Henri, commentary by Vincent Pomarède, and contributions from Anja Grebe.

Amidst the book's 784 pages, you'll find images archiving the four main painting collections at the Louvre—the Italian School, the Spanish School, the French School, and the Northern School. There are also discussions and short essays that offer insight into the meaning and history of four hundred works of art. The paintings are organized chronologically by the artist's date of birth, making it interesting to browse through the book and see first-hand how the art of painting has evolved. Also included with the book is a DVD-ROM that allows you to search for art in different areas of the Louvre, making for a virtual tour experience that is the next best thing to being there. Of course, the best thing would be to actually go to the Louvre, but that takes time, money, and planning. The Louvre: All the Paintings will tide you over in the meantime and help you get the most out of your visit whenever you are able to go see this most stunning art collection in person!