The Louvre: The Many Lives of the World's Most Famous Museum by James Gardner

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The fascinating and little-known story of the Louvre, from its inception as a humble fortress to its transformation into the palatial residence of the kings of France and then into the world's greatest art museum.

Some ten million people from all over the world flock to the Louvre each year to enjoy its incomparable art collection. Yet few of them are aware of the remarkable history of that place and of the buildings themselves a fascinating story that historian James Gardner elegantly chronicles in the first full-length history of the Louvre in English.