|Pages/Publication Date:||416 / 2020|
Some ten million people from all over the world flock to the Louvre each year to enjoy its incomparable art collection. Yet as James Gardner recounts here, few of them are aware that 7,000 years ago, men and women camped on a spot called le Louvre for reasons unknown, and it became a clay quarry and a vineyard in the first centuries AD. King Philippe Auguste of France constructed a fortress there in 1191, just outside the walls of a city far smaller than the Paris we know today. Illustrated with 16 pages of illustrations, Gardner's history suggests that the Louvre is a remarkable witness to France's triumphs and setbacks, and this tale encompasses King Louis XIV and Napoleon, the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo.