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French Painting Louvre Private Tour: 


The 17h century the link between Renaissance and the century of Light is primordial milestone in French painting. The century in which French Classicism and Academicism found their roots. A key moment in arts to discover with our licensed guide lecturer thanks to our le Louvre 17th-century French painting private guided tour. 

Photo of the rapt of the Sabine painting by Nicolas Poussin to illustrate the Le Louvre 17th century french painting private tour, Paris, France.

The rapt of the Sabine by Nicolas Poussin, Leader of 17th century classism. There are two versions of this painting, this one is the one of the MET, we will compare it during the tour with the one of the Louvre and you will see how deeply Poussin was working his painting.

Louvre 17th century French Painting private tour essentials  

  1. Guided tour in English
  2. From 90 € for 1 to 2 people, 115 € for 3 etc.
  3. Really private 2-hour tour
  4. A group of maximum 6 people exclusively yours (your party only)
  5. Morning, lunchtime, afternoon & evening tours
  6. M.Phil.-level local licensed guide lecturer

Why a Louvre French Painting Tour?

Because if the Louvre is world famous to house the Mona Lisa it is also the biggest Museum in the world owning very logically a huge collection of French Paintings. So the Louvre is obviously the best place to learn about French Paintings

More, as French paintings rooms are not part of the Louvre classical touristic route, you will also probably discover and appreciate another Louvre: 

more quiet and not so crowed. 

Why the 17th Century French Painting?

Because the 17th century is the century of the French, French call it “Le Grand Siècle” (the great century). This century is the century of Louis XIV, the Sun-king, the one of Versailles.

If during this period France was politically, militarily and economically the dominant power in Europe its influence on art also grows considerably.

At mid 17th century was created the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, an institution which had a considerable influence on French Art (and, moreover, in arts) till its end during the French Revolution. 

Don’t miss the opportunity to follow our Le louvre 17th century French painting private TOUR 
To discover this strategic period in arts!

Organization of the Tour

The tour is organized to develop two parallel approaches: 

  • art notions and history,
  • painters,

following (as much as possible) a chronological coherency. 

Art Notions and History


  • Classicism
  • Parisian Atticism
  • Baroque 


  • History painting
  • Portrait
  • Genre painting
  • Landscape
  • Still life

Arguing About what is Painting 

  • Poussin versus Rubens
  • Drawing versus color 

Louvre Iconic 17th-Century French Painters 

..Nicolas Poussin

The leader of the French Classism.  

Simon Vouet

The leader of the French Baroque . 

Lubin Beaugin

Learn why his still lives are master pieces.

George de La Tour

The French master of Chiaroscuro.

Claude Gellée Called le Lorrain

Light and landscape.

Le Nain Brothers

Famous for their genre painting with peasants in their home.

The Founders of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture 

  • Charles Le Brun
  • Philippe de Champaigne
  • Laurent de la Hyre
  • Sébastien Bourdon 
  • Louis Boullogne 
  • Eustache Le Sueur etc.

Other Louvre French Paintings Private Tours

This 17th-century French painting tour is  part of a series of four “Le Louvre French Painting Tourscovering the subjet from middle Age to  the first half of 19th century. So do not hesitate to contact us if you want to follow the full cycle. Knowing that our Musée d’Orsay tour covering the period from 1850 to 1914 is somehow the fifth part of the cycle.   

The Full Serie of The Louvre French Painting Private Tour includes:

Things to know before Booking

Your Private Licensed Guide in Paris

  • State-graduate licensed guide lecturer
  • Bachelor with honors in Heritage Developpement & Preservation by Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers
  • Postgraduate from Paris-Dauphine University
  • Member of Paris Historique Association

Louvre 17th-Century French Painting Highlights

  • Really private 2-hour tour for you and your party only.
  • A comprehensive introduction to 17th-century French painting
  • The opportunity to ask your dedicated guide any related questions.

Meeting Point

Inside the museum 

Access: Line 1 station Palais Royal


Louvre 17th-Century French Painting Private Tour Attention Points

  • Tour is on foot.
  • Prices do not include transportation, food, drinks or any other extra services.
  • Museum tickets: are not included in the price – meeting point is inside the Museum 
  • Tour duration & content are purely indicative, they may vary due to contingencies.

BoOk your Louvre Private Tour

Choose below your tour: You will then be  asked : -> choose the number of people, date & hours of visit -> after our validation-> pay on line.

Choose below your tour

You will then be  asked : 

  • choose number of people, date & hour of visit
  • after our validation
  • pay on line
Photo of the Magdalen with the smoking flame painting By Georges de la Tour to illustrate 17th century private tour in Paris

The Magdalen with the smoking flame By Georges de la Tour the french master of chiaroscuro. There are many versions of this painting this one from the LACMA is the closest to the Louvre one.

Sculpture photo of the facade of the Louvre Museum to illustrate the Louvre private tour in Paris

Le Louvre northern entry

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