Continue the story of the Louvre from the 1600s to the present day on our virtual tour
Price 20 €
duration 1.5 hours
One of the world’s great art galleries, the Louvre is much more than just a museum. Glittering centrepiece of the city on the Seine for centuries, the palatial complex has taken on many faces over its long history; in part two of our virtual Louvre tour we’re picking up the story in the glory years of King Louis XIII, when the Louvre became an opulent royal residence and grandiose symbol of the reign. Join exert guide Thomas as he traces the story of France through the collection’s magnificent artworks, weaving a dramatic tale of power, revolution and intrigue taking in the French revolution, the transformation of the palace into a public art gallery in 1793, the rise of Napoleon and much more. Along the way we’ll get the story behind some of the most iconic artworks in the Western canon, from David’s portrait of Napoleon to Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People, right up to IM Pei’s masterful modernist pyramid. If you’re itching to visit Paris but are stuck at home, then our virtual Louvre tour is the next best thing!
Hi, I’m Thomas. A native of Florida, I studied History in the United States and France, Art History in France and Italy, and Archaeology in Italy. I am one of four brothers, one of many Tolkien fans, and one of very few native English-speaking licensed tour guides in Rome, where I have lived and worked with Through Eternity Tours since 2006. My particular interests are medieval history, Baroque painting, pork products, tasty cakes, and full-figured red wines. I speak English, French, Italian, a smattering of Spanish, and a few German swear words.
The world of travel might be on hold right now, but just because we're all staying at home to help the world overcome a common enemy doesn't mean we have to put our wanderlust on the back burner. Frustrated with not being able to get our travel fix, we decided to transform our award-winning tours into immersive virtual experiences, meaning you can still explore Italy’s spectacular archaeological sites and jaw-dropping museums from the comfort of your own home.
* Please note that the booking times are in US Eastern Standard Time and Rome, Italy CET is 6 hours ahead *
Fun and informative, our virtual tours take the form of online real-time presentations led by our expert guides. Combining videos, high-definition photos and more, our guides will be sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience with you on these interactive walkthroughs of Italy’s most fascinating sites. The live format of our virtual tours means you’ll be able to ask your guide anything you wish, just like on a normal tour. We really believe it's the next best thing to being here!
If you cannot find a scheduled time for our virtual tours that work for you, please contact us directly and we would be delighted to set up a private virtual tour for you and your group!
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Please note that the proceeds from our online tours go directly to our guides, providing them with a valuable lifeline in these tough times for the world of travel. Thank you for your support!
5.0 (4 reviews)
Another great tour from Thomas
As I mentioned in my review of The Louvre: Part 1, French history is not my forte (beyond the medieval era). These two tours - Part 1 and Part 2 - are a fascinating window into French history using the building the Louvre that became the museum the Louvre (making the transition partway through Part 2, in fact). Tour 2 goes from roughly 1610 up nearly to the present, quite a feat for French history. As with Part 1, Thomas's use of reconstructions, maps, illustrations, and other artworks greatly enhances his storytelling. I was lucky enough to be the only person who had signed up for my time slot, and Thomas spent extra time with me tailoring the talk to my interests and level of knowledge, and patiently answering my questions and comments. I highly recommend this tour (especially in combination with Part 1) for anyone interested in European history.
Tres Amusant et Instructif
Fasten your seat belts and trust your guide Thomas on this exhilarating packed virtual tour of about 400 years of French history and culture: 1600-2000. Unless you already have a solid sense of the trajectory of French history, your trust may be enhanced (as mine was) by experiencing PART ONE of this tour to review the previous 400 or more years of French history and culture before PART TWO. But I doubt it is absolutely necessary, given Thomas's gift for making connections and transitions through well-chosen images and well-told stories. The dynamic structure and architecture of the Louvre over time provides a useful frame for taking a fresh look at how France became France and Paris became Paris--as the Louvre became THE Louvre. Although this is not intended to be a close interpretative reading of the vast and eclectic collections within the Louvre, Thomas does pause and digress over a few paintings and sculptures (some iconic, some less well-known). These pauses and digressions are expertly woven together into an overarching narrative, more than rewarding your patience and trust. As always, Thomas is a passionate and generous guide: he willingly engaged our small group in an intimate and helpful conversation for about 45 minutes beyond the planned tour.