When the Louvre was evacuated and Mona Lisa went missing

Two of the most frequently asked questions in my Louvre tour are: "What happened to the Louvre during WWII?" and "Why the museum was not pillaged?" The answer is an amazing history that worth to be told and should be transformed into a movie. Ready to discover it? Everything started in 1939, before the war …

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Focus on a Masterpiece: The most ancient statue in Paris

The last time I was in the Louvre one of my guests asked me to surprise him. He had already visited the museum several times so he was looking for something "new". Well, "new" is not really an adjective you often hear in the museum, where the youngest works are about 200 years old and …

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Focus on a Masterpiece: Le Balcon – The Balcony (Manet, 1868/69)

Today I was dreaming about having a balcony in Paris. Not necessarily a huge one. A small one would be fine for me. One like Le Balcon (The Balcony) painted by Edouard Manet in 1868/1869 would be perfect. I love that picture. It really is one of my favorite paintings ever so I decided to …

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The day when Marie Antoinette died

On October 16th 1793 a simple cart left the Conciergerie, the revolutionaries' prison on Ile-de-la-Cite. Marie-Antoinette was sitting on it, wearing a simple withe shirt and a bonnet, like a commoner. She was going to the guillotine. No famous last words were spoken by the "last" queen of France. She just said "Pardon me sir, …

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