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April 11, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you're going to the Louvre Museum anytime soon, watch your wallet. The world's busiest museum reopened Thursday with the presence of uniformed police officers aimed at deterring aggressive gangs of pickpockets who target visitors and staff, Agence France-Presse reports . About 200 museum workers walked off the job Wednesday and forced the museum to shut down, leaving disappointed visitors without a chance to see the Mona Lisa, Venus...
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October 4, 2013 | By David Ng, A correction has been added to this post, as indicated below.
A portrait of a woman believed to have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci has been discovered in the vault of a Swiss bank, according to a report in the Italian press. But doubt exists over the piece's authenticity and additional research still needs to be completed. The piece -- a painting of a Renaissance noblewoman named Isabella d'Este -- was discovered amid a collection of hundreds of items belonging to an Italian family, according to a report in Italy's Corriere Della Sera.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2013 | By David Ng
The Musee du Louvre -- the world's most-attended art museum -- has named Jean-Luc Martinez as its new director. Martinez has most recently served as the head of the museum's department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities. He is expected to succeed Henri Loyrette starting April 15. Martinez's appointment, which the Paris museum announced this week, was made by French President Francois Hollande. He beat out two other candidates -- Sylvie Ramond, director of the Musee des beaux-arts de Lyon, and Laurent le Bon, president of the Centre Pompidou Metz.  FULL COVERAGE: 2013 Spring arts preview The internal hire signals a search for continuity for the famed art institution.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
The Victoria's Secret models have taken to the City of Light for the brand's latest lingerie shoot. Models Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge, Behati Prinsloo, Adriana Lima and Karlie Kloss were photographed Wednesday in full angel regalia - bras, panties and massive feathered wings - for the brand's upcoming holiday campaign and Christmas commercial. The shoot took place on the sprawling grounds of the famous Louvre Museum, where the model's skimpy outfits did little to protect them from the city's inclement weather.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2013 | By David Ng
Even the "Mona Lisa" needs a little help to look so young after nearly five centuries.  Officials at the Musée du Louvre in Paris this week unveiled a new lighting system for the Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece that remains the museum's top visitor draw. The new lighting features LED bulbs in a new system created by Toshiba, which has a multi-year agreement with the Louvre to upgrade its lighting. "Mona Lisa" now is illuminated by a system of 34 LED bulbs that can be adjusted to highlight the painting's natural colors.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2008 | From the Associated Press
PARIS -- Signs ask visitors to keep their hands off the art in the Louvre Museum. But one special sculpture gallery invites art lovers to indulge. The Louvre's Tactile Gallery, targeted to the blind and visually impaired, is the only space in the Paris museum where visitors can touch the sculptures, with no guards or alarms to stop them. Its latest exhibit is a crowd-pleaser: a menagerie of sculpted lions, snakes, horses and eagles.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 4, 2000 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What is the powerful spell cast by advertising? Like a long-ago pop tune unexpectedly heard again on the car radio, nothing seems to make the synapses of memory fire faster. This most mercantile, repetitive and 20th century form now has its own museum--in the same royal palace by the Seine that houses the "Mona Lisa" and "Venus de Milo."
NEWS
July 11, 1994 | Reuters
The Louvre museum was sealed off to visitors Sunday following the theft of a 17th-Century drawing by Robert Nanteuil, a museum official said. French television reported that the pastel drawing was valued at between $75,000 and $100,000.
NEWS
January 25, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The Louvre Museum had a record number of visitors in 2006, thanks to dynamic Friday-night programming, successful temporary exhibits and a lecture series by Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison, the Paris museum said. About 8.3 million people visited the museum in 2006, compared with 7.5 million the previous year, the museum said in a statement. Attendance has increased steadily over the last few years.
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April 23, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The Louvre Museum has acquired a diamond-encrusted brooch that is among the few intact pieces of the crown jewels once worn by French royals. The Louvre said Tuesday that it paid $10.7 million for the brooch at auction on Friday from unidentified owners in the United States, where the brooch had been since 1887 -- the year when many of the crown jewels were sold off. Shaped like a bow, the brooch features two dangling tassels and 2,634 pink and...
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August 21, 2013 | By David Ng
The latest political unrest in Egypt has resulted in the theft and destruction of more than 1,000 artifacts in a museum south of Cairo, according to multiple published reports. The looting is believed to have taken place over several days starting last week. The Malawi National Museum, located in the Nile River city of Minya, contained numerous archaeological specimens and antiquities dating back thousands of years. Reports claim that the recent attacks at the museum represent the largest instance of cultural looting in the country's history.  Among the casualties is a missing 3,500-year-old statue of the daughter of Pharaoh Akhenaten, according to the Associated Press.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2013 | By David Ng
Even the "Mona Lisa" needs a little help to look so young after nearly five centuries.  Officials at the Musée du Louvre in Paris this week unveiled a new lighting system for the Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece that remains the museum's top visitor draw. The new lighting features LED bulbs in a new system created by Toshiba, which has a multi-year agreement with the Louvre to upgrade its lighting. "Mona Lisa" now is illuminated by a system of 34 LED bulbs that can be adjusted to highlight the painting's natural colors.
NEWS
April 11, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you're going to the Louvre Museum anytime soon, watch your wallet. The world's busiest museum reopened Thursday with the presence of uniformed police officers aimed at deterring aggressive gangs of pickpockets who target visitors and staff, Agence France-Presse reports . About 200 museum workers walked off the job Wednesday and forced the museum to shut down, leaving disappointed visitors without a chance to see the Mona Lisa, Venus...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2013 | By David Ng
The Musee du Louvre -- the world's most-attended art museum -- has named Jean-Luc Martinez as its new director. Martinez has most recently served as the head of the museum's department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities. He is expected to succeed Henri Loyrette starting April 15. Martinez's appointment, which the Paris museum announced this week, was made by French President Francois Hollande. He beat out two other candidates -- Sylvie Ramond, director of the Musee des beaux-arts de Lyon, and Laurent le Bon, president of the Centre Pompidou Metz.  FULL COVERAGE: 2013 Spring arts preview The internal hire signals a search for continuity for the famed art institution.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2013 | By Suzanne Muchnic
This story has been corrected. Please see note below. "The Virgin and Child With Saint Anne," a highly prized painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the collection of the Louvre, is having a big year. Last spring, the sensitive portrayal of St. Anne with her daughter and grandson was the keystone of an exhibition at the Parisian museum. For the first time, Leonardo's "final masterpiece" - in process for years and left unfinished at the artist's death in 1519 - was exhibited with his compositional sketches, preparatory drawings and landscape studies, along with related works by other artists.
NEWS
January 14, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Half a world away from the incomparable Louvre Museum in Paris , work soon will begin on another Louvre, with a price tag of about $650 million. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which arose out of a 2007 cultural partnership between France and the United Arab Emirates, won't look anything like the lavish 12th century building where Louis XIV once lived. The mushroom-shaped building designed by French architect Jean Nouvel is slated to be part of a cultural district planned for Saadiyat Island.
WORLD
April 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
One of the last intact pieces of the French crown jewels that were sold off by the republican government in the 19th century returned to France this week after being acquired by the Louvre Museum. The museum paid $10.7 million for the bow brooch, made up of 2,634 diamonds. It was created by Parisian jeweler Francois Kramer for Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III, in 1855. In 1887, it was sold by order of the Third Republic. It was bought for New York socialite Caroline Astor and remained in the family for more than a century.
NEWS
October 27, 1986
A painting by the Baroque artist Pierfrancesco Mola, reported missing from the Elysee Palace 35 years ago, was returned to France by the San Francisco museum where it had been hanging. The painting, "Herminie and Valfrino Nursing the Wounded Tancrede," was placed in the Louvre Museum in a ceremony Friday. Mola's painting was bought in 1685 for the collection of King Louis XIV.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Thanks to an unlikely partnership between Japanese gaming company Nintendo and the Louvre Museum in Paris, navigating the gargantuan art museum should now be a bit easier for tourists. On April 11, the Louvre replaced its previous audio tour system with a new batch of Nintendo 3DS devices preloaded with 700 commentaries on works of art at the museum, as well as an interactive map that helps users figure out where they are in the museum, and how to get to the next piece of art they want to check out. The new guides are designed to reach out to the Louvre's young and international customer base.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 2009 | By Angela Doland
It's an abandoned coal mining site in a depressed corner of northern France that was pummeled by the two world wars. Soon, a branch of the Louvre Museum will rise up on this unlikely site. Work is to start soon on a sleek glass-and-aluminum building that will house hundreds of the Louvre's treasures, from Egyptian artifacts to Renaissance paintings to Islamic art. The modern building will let the venerable French museum experiment, "giving us a new viewpoint on the Louvre's works," said Louvre Director Henri Loyrette.
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