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Sculptures of the Louvre

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  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2006
  • Run Time: 192 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GNOH7I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,433 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From its beginnings as a royal fortress to the magnificent structure we see today, the Louvre Museum embodies the concept of that of a universal institution. Dedicated to conservation, restoration and the development of artistic treasures from all over the world, the Louvre welcomes over 6 million visitors through its doors each year and houses 35,000 works of art.

Sculptures of the Louvre is a 7-part series highlighting masterpieces of sculpture on exhibit. Each piece is put into its historical context – enabling a better understanding of the sculpture itself as well as the artistic movement that inspired it.

Slaves of Michelangelo
In 1513 Michelangelo began work on two male figures for the Mausoleum of Pope Julian II in St. Peter’s Rome. The two masterpieces remain unfinished, uniquely revealing Michelangelo’s genius.

The Horses of Marly
The two sculptures were made by Royal command forty years apart for the Chateau of Marly. Both technically comparable – the differences in treatment reveal the stylistic developments of the period.

The Vénus de Milo
Perhaps the most famous of all Greek classical sculptures, the Venus de Milo was recovered in 1820. But very little is known of its origin – even its subject is uncertain.

Bulls of Khorsabad
These Winged Bulls of King Sargon II from 1900 BC are amongst the greatest masterpieces of Assyrian art.

Cupid and Psyché
At the end of the 18th Century the great Italian sculptor Antonio Canova brought back life to this ancient legend.

Ramses II
Discovered at the ancient Egyptian site of Tanis, this statue is one of the most famous of all Egyptian royal sculptures but doubt exists to this day as to its real subject.

Mary Magdalene
This was a very popular subject in the Middle Ages, representing the redemption of the female sinner.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly-produced short documentaries May 7, 2008
By hudson
This program of superbly-produced half-hour documentaries covers seven of the most important sculptures in the world, all from the Louvre Museum in Paris. No talking heads, but instead excellent coverage of each sculpture's history, creation, style and importance. Recommended for casual art fans as well as classrooms.
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I rented this dvd from the library and was so blown away by the beauty of the presentation of these artworks that I went and bought it for myself. I am going to show it to all my friends who love art like I do this summer. The commentary is so well done that it makes me feel like I am on a private tour of the Louvre seeing these statues for the first time. The photography of these works of art, is superb. It will be a little slow for those who don't know to drink in art to ones very soul. I wish this was a series of movies for so many artworks that I have studied all my life. This is one of my best purchases in my life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Teaching Company Sculpture of the Louvre April 19, 2010
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Ordered thru Amazon and this is a great course to take and found it from a vendor thru Amazon at a great Price......
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4.0 out of 5 stars Regarding Priceless Pieces October 28, 2007
Some say that Americans and French have had tensions since the start of the Iraq War. (Think "freedom fries," people!) Some American viewers may worry that this work revolves around the French patting themselves on the back for what they possess in their most famous museum. It does not. It speaks of a piece, how it was found, and the history/anthropology/cultural significance of it.

This work has 7 segments. So I think one school could use it for multiple purposes. The art teacher can show the Michelangelo segment when teaching about Renaissance art. At Christian schools, they can show the Mary Magdelene segment to students. The Ramses segment will be good when Ancient Egypt comes up in whichever class.

This work showed no academic interviewees. Instead, just the narrator speaks while still and moving images are shown. I stand by what I said in the first paragraph, but I also must admit that this made me want to visit the Louvre.
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