17th-Century French Painting in the Louvre Museum
A 17th-century French painting Louvre private guided tour to understand why the period between Renaissance and the Century of Light is such a primordial milestone in French painting. A key moment in arts where begun French Classicism and Academicism. To be discovered with our licensed guide.
Louvre 17th century French Painting private tour in a Nutshell
- Guided tour in English
- From 90 € for 1 to 2 people, 115 € for 3 etc.
- Really private 2-hour tour
- A group of maximum 6 people exclusively yours (your party only)
- Morning, lunchtime, afternoon & evening tours
- Postgraduate certified French national guide
What’s in the tour?
Baroque versus Classisicm
Drawing Versus Color
Canevas Hidden Meanings
Some of the master pieces normaly included in the tour route: Still life with Water Wafers (by Lubin Baugin), Et In Arcadia Ego (by Nicolas Poussin), The Magdalen with the smoking flame (By Georges de la Tour), The Disembarkation of Cleopatra at Tarsus (by Claude), Peasant Family in an Interior (by le Nain Brothers)
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 a more quiet and not so crowed Louvre Museum.
Why the 17th Century French Painting?
Because the French call the 17th century “Le Grand Siècle” (the great century) it is there century, the one of Louis XIV, the Sun-king.
A period in which France was politically, militarily and economically the dominant power in Europe, and in which its influence on art also grows considerably.
At mid 17th century was created the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, which had a considerable influence on French Art (and, moreover, in arts worldwild).
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,
following (as much as possible) a chronological coherency.
Art Notions and History
- Parisian Atticism
- History painting
- Genre painting
- Still life
Arguing About what is Painting
- Poussin versus Rubens
- Drawing versus color
Louvre Iconic 17th-Century French Painters
The leader and founder of the French Classcism (French Classical Baroque style). His Grand Style (Grand Maner) will have a considerable influence on the 17th century French painting, as later on, on the 18th century English School of Painting.
The leader of the French Baroque .
Georges de La Tour
Strongly influenced by Caravaggio, de La Tour painted some of the most prominent Chiaroscuro masterpieces.
Rediscovered like Georges de la Tour by the 1934 exibition “painter of the reality”, Beaugin had a peculiar carrer and is difficult to classified. One of its four known still lifes is considered to be the ultimate one of the French 17th century.
Claude Lorrain (Claude)
Borned Claude Gellée, he was a light and landscape genius. Claude notably inflenced Turner and was considered by John Constable as “the most perfect landscapist the world ever saw“,
Le Nain Brothers
Famous for their genre painting describing daily life of humble people (bambochades).
Was the great rival of Charles Le Brun. When Le Brun died in 1690 he was remplaced by Mignard as Louis XIV first painter and head of the Royal Academy.
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 Tours” covering 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.
Things to know before Booking
Your Private Licensed Guide in Paris
- Certified French national guide
- BA, Magna Cum Laude, Heritage Developpement & Preservation from 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.
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
- Private tour means a tour for you & your party only, not that the museum is privatized
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
Le Louvre 17th-Century French Painting Private tourExtended tour (2 hours)
For 1 to 2 people + 25 € for any extra person
A group of maximum 6 people exclusively yours
Ticket not included
Meeting Point inside the Museum