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Leonardo show smashes Louvre's all-time record

Paris - Nearly 1.1 million people flocked to see a blockbuster Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the Louvre in Paris before it closed Monday -- an all-time record -- the museum said.

Louvre in push to display 'missing' Da Vinci: culture expert

Apo - The Louvre museum has made an "offer" to the owner of the world's most expensive painting to allow it to be displayed in a Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in Paris, a French cultural body chief said Thursday.

Mona Lisa graces Louvre's Leonardo show in virtual 'tete-a-tete'

Paris - The Mona Lisa is conspicuously absent from the Louvre's retrospective of Leonardo da Vinci, but the world-famous Florentine makes up for it by holding court in a virtual reality experience.

'Angry glances in the street': how Paris met Pei’s Louvre pyramid

Paris - The modernist architect I. M. Pei, who has died aged 102, was once pilloried for plonking a glass pyramid into the courtyard of the Louvre, but his controversial creation is now a landmark of the French capital.

Success shreds JR's Louvre illusion

Paris - A whimsical collage in the courtyard of France's Louvre art museum had a short shelf life after a swarm of tourists and art lovers left it in shreds.

Louvre Abu Dhabi sets Da Vinci unveiling for September

Dubai - The Louvre Abu Dhabi said Wednesday it will unveil its most prized acquisition on September 18 -- a very rare painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci that was bought for a record $450 million last year.

Long-delayed Louvre Abu Dhabi to open its doors in November

Abu Dhabi - The Louvre Abu Dhabi will finally open its doors to the public in November, bringing to the Gulf Mesopotamian artifacts and post-impressionist masterpieces in the first Louvre-branded museum outside of Paris.

Brief security alert in Louvre plaza as France votes

Paris - The plaza outside the Louvre Museum in Paris, where French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron plans a victory party if elected, was briefly evacuated on Sunday following a security alert, sources said.

Pei, creator of Louvre pyramid, reaches his century

Paris - The modernist architect I. M. Pei, who was once pilloried for plonking a glass pyramid into the courtyard of the Louvre, turns 100 Wednesday with his controversial creation now an icon of the French capital.

Soldier shoots knife attacker near Louvre in Paris: police sources

Paris - A soldier shot and seriously injured a man who tried to attack him with a knife on Friday near the Louvre museum in Paris, police sources told AFP on condition of anonymity.

300 masterpieces from French museums set for Louvre Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi - Masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent van Gogh will be among 300 works displayed at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Emirate said Sunday, as it aims to become a leader in fine art.

French police foil terrorist plot to blow up the Eiffel Tower

A 29-year-old Algerian man living in Vaucluse, a south eastern region of France, has been arrested for allegedly plotting to blow up the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and a nuclear power plant, among other targets.

Louvre closes over pickpockets

Paris - One of the world's most renowned museums, Paris's Louvre, did not open its doors Wednesday because its staff protested over pickpockets.

Louvre most visited art museum of 2012

Paris - The most visited art museum in the world is the Louvre in Paris with an incredible 9.7 million visitors passing through their doors in 2012.

Louvre returns Nazi looted art

The Louvre museum has returned seven paintings to surviving relatives of Jewish families. The paintings were confiscated by the Nazi Party in the 1930s.

Woman defaces famous Louvre painting with black pen

Eugene Delacroix's "Liberty Leading the People", is displayed in the Louvre-Lens museum. That is it was until Friday when it was defaced with a black pen.

Saudi Prince Alwaleed at opening of Louvres Islamic art wing

Paris - The Louvre unveiled a new wing of Islamic art on Saturday. French President François Hollande inaugurated the new wing on Tuesday, together with Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, whose Alwaleed Foundation donated $23 million to the Louvre Museum in 2005.

Mona Lisa's eyes may reveal identity of famous model

Paris - An Italian researcher has sparked controversy over the world's most famous painting with claims that Leonardo da Vinci painted tiny letters into the eyes of the Mona Lisa which may finally reveal a secret code that will identify the model.

Paris Museum art heist includes Picasso, Matisse and more

Paris - A hooded thief has stolen five masterpieces including a Picasso and a Matisse in a dawn raid from a Paris museum today. The daring $123 million heist is set to be what may be one of the biggest crimes in art history.

The Louvre says 'oui' to McDonald's

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first McDonald's restaurant in France. To celebrate the milestone, the restaurant chain will open a new outlet in the Louvre next month. Not everyone is happy with the decision.

Russian Woman Throws Mug At The Mona Lisa

A Russian woman threw a ceramic mug at Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" earlier this month in an attempt to damage the masterpiece.

Louvre staff strike over stress

Staff at Paris's Louvre museum have gone on strike, demanding a bonus for the stress of looking after the Mona Lisa and other popular masterpieces.

Behind The Scenes At The Louvre: Not A Pretty Picture

PARIS - (dpa) - The Mona Lisa may still be smiling in her private gallery in the Louvre Museum, but it's not a pretty picture behind the scenes of the world's biggest museum.For starters, the French government's auditing body has charged that mismanage...

Louvre Exhibits The Art Dissidents: Painting As Crime

PARIS (dpa) - They were considered rebels and outsiders because they simply rejected the school of classicism and the reasoning that was glorified from Antiquity to Enlightenment.And they became dissidents within the art world because they chose uncons...

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