No stay at a hotel near the Louvre is complete without seeing the enigmatic smile and wandering eyes of the Mona Lisa. Don’t miss Flemish realist Matsys’s The Moneylender and His Wife, a depiction of greedy 16th-century traders. Visitors can almost touch the 2,000-year-old classical sculptures of the Venus de Milo and the Borghese Gladiator.
A journey through history
Many of the Louvre’s exhibits are steeped in the history and fervour of the French Revolution. Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People is a celebration of French freedom from oppression by the monarchy, the female Liberty brandishing a tricolore. David’s The Coronation of Napoleon is a shining, 10m- wide homage to the French emperor.
Relive The Da Vinci Code
In Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code Robert Langdon enters the Louvre through the giant glass pyramid, walks on to the Grand Gallery and discovers the body of Jacques Saunière. Enthusiasts can retrace these very steps and learn more about the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci on a 90-minute trail designed by the museum.