Gustave Le Gray, Pavillon Mollien, 1859


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Title Paris. Palais du Louvre, pavillon Mollien wikidata:Q18627445
English: Standing opposite a newly built pavilion of the Louvre, Gustave Le Gray made this photograph when the sun's position allowed him to best capture the details of the heavily ornamented facade, from the fluted columns on the ground level to the figurative group on the nearest gable. Paving stones lead the viewer's eye directly to the corner of the pavilion, where the sunlit facade is further highlighted beside an area blanketed in shadow.
Though the extensive art collections of the Louvre had first been opened to the public in 1793, during the French Revolution, it was not until 1848 that the museum became the property of the state. Le Gray's image shows the exuberance of the architecture undertaken shortly thereafter, during the reign of Napoléon III, when large sections of the building housed government offices.
Medium Albumen print
Dimensions Height: 36.7 cm (14.4 in). Width: 47.9 cm (18.9 in).
Accession number 90.XM.72
Inscriptions Markings: Recto: photographer's wet stamp in red ink in lower right corner of print: "Gustave LeGray"

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