About this title: From Mona Lisa's smile to Napoleon's plundered treasures and I.M. Pei's controversial glass pyramid, Louvre: Portrait of a Museum presents one of the world's greatest and most popular museums not as a sum of its masterpieces but as a living, changing institution that reflects the artistic, political, and social history of the Western world. It features 650 magnificent reproductions, previously unpublished archival plans and documents, and lively essays on the museum's history and collections.
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