Louvre Museum Featured in Da Vinci Code

Dan Brown’s novel, “The DaVinci Code“, opens in the Grand Gallery of the Louvre Museum, Paris. The Louvre has an extensive site at www.louvre.fr which has an English version.

Grand Gallery in Louvre

To look in the Grand Gallery choose Museum on the left hand side, then Panoramas (Virtual Tours) on the left sidebar.

Go to “Peintures” (Paintings)
1er etage – Aile Denon (1st floor, Denon Wing)
And then Italie, Grande Galerie, Italy (1) and (2)
Click on Visualiser (View) and you’ll be taken to a Quicktime-powered rotating view of the gallery.

Click on the magnifying glass to open this up in a new window. Now you can look around the gallery from one of two spots.

Death Of The Virgin by Caravaggio

The Caravaggio painting mentioned in the book is “Death of the Virgin”, painted for the altar of a family chapel in the Church of Santa Maria della Scala del Trastevere, Rome.

Caravaggio was known as Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. He painted in the Baroque Era.

Filming for the movie, “The DaVinci Code”, took place over summer in Paris, at night and on Tuesdays when the museum is closed to the public.

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