Italian Renaissance Painting in the Louvre

The Louvre Italian Renaissance painting tour: A knowledgeable review of the field from its origin in ancient Rome and Greece sculptures to its end with the beginning of the Baroque.

Photo of the Crucifixion by Andrea Mantegna from Predella San Zeno altarpiece Verona to illustrate the Louvre Italian Renaissance Painting private tour, Paris, France.

Crucifixion by Andrea Mantegna from Predella San Zeno altarpiece Verona. Credit The Yorck Project – GNU Free Documentation License.

The Louvre Private Evening Tour in a Nutshell

From 130 € for 1 to 2 people + 45 € per extra person.

  • Guided tour in English
  • Genuine private tour = your party only (up to 6 persons) 
  • Postgraduate (MPhil) certified French national guide
  • Not available on Tuesdays
  • Two meeting point options: outside or inside the Museum
  • Skip-the-line tickets not included to buy online (17 € per adult)

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Warning about croWded Galleries of the italian Renaissance

The Italian Renaissance paintings are in the Grande Galerie (Great Gallerie) and  the Salle des Etats (where is Mona Lisa), these rooms are the most crowded parts of the Louvre Museum (which is the most visited museum in the world). Then we strongly advise you against booking this tour during high season or pick hours.

To make the most of your Louvre Italian Renaissance Tour you better book it as an evening one on Friday night, ideally during the low season. You can do it on this page, just select the corresponding Friday evening time schedule in the booking calendar. The advantages of a Louvre private evening tour are described more in detail in our dedicated page.  

OrganiZation & Content of the Tour

The next sections are to give you just an idea of the tour its exact content varies each time depending on the circumstances and the public. The works of art which are mentioned are usually shown in the tour but may change.

The tour is organized in 7 parts.

  1. Ancient Rome and Grece sculptures
  2. The early stirring and beginning of the Italien Renaissance
  3. Plato and the return of the men
  4. Renaissance
  5. High Renaissance
  6. Mannerism and Late Renaissance
  7. Baroque

 

1. Ancient Rome and Grece Sculptures

The rediscovery of the ancient Rome and Grece sculptures was one of the main driving forces of the Italian Renaissance.

The tour starts with Polykleitos who in ancient Greece Classical Period defined the rules to idealize male body shape in sculpture and then continues with Praxiteles who at the end of the Classical period had quite a comparable impact on the female body representation.

Our route will normally also cross two famous masterpieces of the Hellenistic Period: the Venus de Milo and the Nike of Samothrace.

2. The Early Stirring and Beginning of the Italien Renaissance

How Italia step by step abandoned the static italo-byzantine representations of God on the route toward humanism and naturalism.

Masterpieces examples

  • St. Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata by Giotto
  • The Maestà by Cimabue
  • The Coronation of the Virgin by Fra Angelico
The coronation of the virgin by Fra Angelico to illustrate the Louvre Italian Renaissance Painting Guided Tour, Paris, France.

The Coronation of the Virgin by Fra Angelico. Fra Angelico is considered one of the first ones to have abandoned the gold ground style to develop naturalistic backgrounds. Credit The Yorck Project – GNU Free Documentation License.

3. Plato and the Return of the Men

Neoplatonism as a base for the Italian Renaissance

  • Madonna and Child with St Fredianus and St Augustine by Fra Filippo Lippi
  • The battle of San Romano by Paolo Uccello

4. Renaissance

The plenitude of Italian art: how the Quattrocento paves the way for the genius of the High Renaissance.

Masterpieces examples

  • Madonna and Child with the Young St. John the Baptist by Botticelli
  • St. Sebastian by Mantegna
  • An Old Man and his Grandson by Domenico Ghirlandaio
  • Portrait of a Man Called Condottiere by Antonello da Messina
  • Saint Sebastian by Pietro Perugino
Old man and his grandson by Domenico Ghirlandaio to illustrate the Louvre Italian Renaissance painting guided tour, Paris, France.

Old man and his grandson by Domenico Ghirlandaio before its 1996 restoration. According to art historian Bernard Berenson, “There is no more human picture in the entire range of Quattrocento painting, whether in or out of Italy”. Credit The Yorck Project – GNU Free Documentation License.

5. High Renaissance

Masterpiece examples

  • The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne by Leonardo da Vinci
  • Saint Sebastian by Leonardo da Vinci
  • La Belle Jardinière by Rafael

6. Mannerism and late Renaissance

Mannerism: how the successor of the high Renaissaissance genius (Rafaelo, Miguel Angello, Da Vincci, Titian ) tried to find their way.
Paolo Veronese, Daniele da Volterra, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Orazio Samacchini, Giorgio Vasari.

7. Baroque

The Catholic counter-reformation in art: Annibale Carracci & Caravagio.
The Roman base of French Baroque: Nicolas Poussin.

Saint John the Baptist by Leonardo da Vinci to illustrate the Louvre Italian Renaissance painting guided tour, Paris, France.

Saint John the Baptist by Leonardo da Vinci. Credit The Yorck Project – GNU Free Documentation License.

Things to know before Booking

Clarification: Skip-the-Line Tickets Are Just Standard Online Ones

Louvre website says "All visitors, including those entitled to free admission (including Paris Museum Pass bearer), must book a time slot. Buy your ticket online on www.ticketlouvre.fr... During off-peak times, there may also be a limited number of time slots for same-day visits available for booking at the museum. However ... to guarantee your entry ... we strongly advise booking your time slot in advance online." Conclusion no magic: During your time slot, you are entitled to enter the online booking security line, so yes, you skip the line... of those who come without a ticket!

Louvre Museum Tickets Fare

Museum tickets are not included in the tour price.

  • Online Louvre tickets: 17 € per adult
  • Free for all kids under 18 years old
  • Free under 26 years old for the European Union residents

Restrictions

  • Private tour means a tour for you & your party only, not that the museum is privatized.
  • Tour duration & content are purely indicative, they may vary due to contingencies.
  • In case of unexpected closed galleries you accept to follow a substitution content.
  • Prices do not include transportation, food, drinks or any other extra services.

Attention Points

Meeting Point

Easy one Inside or outside the museum (detail during booking)

Access: Metro Line 1 station Palais-Royal

Book your Louvre Private Tour

Just request the date, time, number of people you want for your Louvre tour in our calendar and follow the below 4 steps online easy process.
(1) Receive our OK email (48h free pre-booking)
(2) Buy your Louvre tickets online (compatible schedule)
(3) Once you have your tickets pay your tour online
(4) Receive our
confirmation (email)
Nota bene: Step (1) free pre-booking is lost if no step (3) payment is received after 48h. Buy your ticket on Louvre official web site. Louvre is closed on Tuesdays. Open hours:  9 am - 6 pm. Any exit is final.
Death of the virgin by Caravaggio to illustrate the Louvre Italian Renaissance Painting Guided Tour

Death of the virgin by Caravaggio. Credit The Yorck Project – GNU Free Documentation License.