The Musée du Louvre in Paris hosts an exhibition titled ‘Power Plays’ in the Petite Galerie on all days except on Tuesdays, which is when the museum stays closed. The Louvre exhibit started in Paris in September last year and will prolong until July 2, 2018. The exhibit throws light to fine arts and its connection with politics. Arts advances political propaganda of partisans, but it can also be a tool to challenge the public orders from the ruling governments.
In order to make the ‘Power Plays’ exhibit easily accessible for the visitors on Louvre museum private tours, the museum has kept artworks in four rooms besides using digital displays for that. Explore the thematic artworks that touch upon the influence of politics when on Louvre guided tour anytime soon.
The first room of the Petite Galerie is devoted to the functions of a king or ‘Princely Roles’ as Louvre puts it forth to visitors. The functions comprise of king serving as a priest, a war chief and the protector of the army. As an example of that, Louvre displays artworks including ‘Louis XIII’, a painting by Philippe de Champaigne, and ‘Triad of Osorkon II’, an ancient Egyptian pendant.
The highlight of the second room themed ‘Legitimacy through Persuasion’ is Henry IV of France. His persona is being revealed in ‘Power Plays’ through François-Joseph Bosio and Barthélémy Prieur sculptures, and paintings including those by Frans Pourbus the Younger and Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres.
In the third room, you get to explore ‘The Antique Model’ that feature statues of a rider mounted on a horse. The Louvre is home many equestrian statues including ‘Barberini Ivory leaf’ of the Roman emperor Charles the Bald, and Louis XIV’s statue by French sculptor François Girardon.
The ‘Power Plays’ exhibit culminates with ‘The Insignia of Power’ that compiles the portraits of monarchs including Louis XVI’s portrait by Antoine-François Callet, Napoleon I’s portrait by François Gérard, and Louis Philippe’s portrait by Franz-Xaver Winterhalter. The fourth room of the Petite Galerie also comprises of a ceremonial object used during the crowning of King of France.
The final portion of the exhibit also outlines the dramatic changes in fine arts as influenced by the French Revolution. The Louvre recommends you to catch all these and more in their permanent exhibit floors when you tour there with bilingual guides.