Musée du Louvre

The biggest museum of the world features around 460 000 pieces, but only 663 have been attributed to women

  • 6 People
  • 80 € per Person
  • Musée du Louvre

If you think of the Louvre, the most famous painting of the world immediately comes to mind. That of Lisa Gherardini by Leonardo. But did you know the Louvre also has one room dedicated to women artists of the 18th century?
We will question the status of the Louvre as the model of the universal museum born from equalitarian ideals by looking at masterpieces (Venus de Milo, The Virgin Mary, Delacroix’s Lady Liberty) to reconsider typical canons of beauty in Western history.
Our point will be informed by very different working conditions for male and female artists, before and after the foundation of the Academy (1648). You will be introduced to the stars of women painters, from self-promotional Elizabeth Vigée-Lebrun (official portraitist of Marie-Antoinette), to Marie-Guillemine Benoist who unsettled the French public with Portrait of a Black Woman.

Plan your visit

  • Up to 6 People
  • 2h30, Wednesdays (with late openings), Thursdays and weekends
  • Musée du Louvre

    Horse statue of Louis XIV facing the pyramid's main entrance

    Esplanade du Louvre, 75001

    M1, 7 Palais Royal Musée du Louvre
    M1 Louvre Rivoli

    Bus 21, 48, 69, 72, 81

  • Regular price 80 €

    Per person, ticket included

  • Concessions 40 €

    Unemployed, EU residents - 26, - 18 with proof of ID

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