This section has over 7500 art-works, ranging from the 13th century to the 19th century, managed by 12 curators. This department bolsters art-works from the great Italian masters like Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Richelieu wing has the French and Northern European works, while the Italian and Spanish works are present in the Denon wing. Avignon Pietà, King Jean le Bon, Louis XIV, The Coronation of Napoleon, and Liberty Leading the People are some of its prominent works from the French school. You can also find the works of Ingres, La Tour, Philippe de Champaigne, Le Brun, Delacroix and many such artists in this section.
The Lacemaker, The Astronomer, The Tree of Crows, and some of Rembrandt’s works like The Supper at Emmaus, Bathsheba at Her Bath and The Slaughtered Ox are present in the Denon wing. This section also boosts its Renaissance Collection, which includes art-works of Andrea Mantegna, Giovanni Bellini, Caravaggio and the great Leonardo da Vinci. Some of the most notable works present here are Virgin and Child at St. Anne, St. John the Baptist, Madonna of the Rocks, The Fortune Teller, Death of the Virgin and obviously, The Mona Lisa. The Mona Lisa which is described as “The best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world”; and is worth an astounding $800 Million (USD).
The largest contribution made in the history of the Louvre was made by Louis La Caze. The La Caze collection has 584 paintings which include the oil sketches by Rubens, Van Dyck, Jordaens, Boucher, Fragonard and many more.