The Musée du Louvre is the most visited art museum in the world — and it also might just be the most Instagrammed.
More than nine million people visited the Louvre in 2014, according to an annual study conducted by The Art Newspaper. That’s nine million opportunities for Valencia-filtered, perfectly square Instagram pictures of some of the world’s finest art.
But some believe the use of cell phone cameras inside museums has gotten out of control. Many museums have started banning cameras and selfie sticks, in an attempt to create a more enjoyable experience for museum-goers hoping to enjoy the artwork without having to peer over dozens of amateur photographers.
In 2005, the Louvre banned all photography, but the museum’s policy has evolved since then. Today, the museum instructs visitors to “respect the collections” and allows non-flash photography inside its permanent exhibits.
Thanks to all the photos, it’s easy to digitally get inside the Louvre without travelling to France. Searching Instagram for hashtags like #louvre, #louvremusuem, or even #louvreselfie will bring up thousands of these pictures featuring works by da Vinci, Bernini, and Michelangelo.
Leonardo da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa,' is undoubtedly the most famous piece in the Louvre and people take photos with it all day.
Here's a look at the 'Venus de Milo.' Sculpted by Alexandros of Antioch, the statue stands over six feet tall. Note the selfie stick in the background.
This is an Instagram picture of the 'Winged Victory at Samothrace.' Created in the second century BC, it's popular on Instagram in the 21st century.
Here's a look at Eugène Delacroix's 'Liberty Leading the People.' As this Instagrammer noted, the painting was the cover art for Coldplay's 'Viva La Vida' album.
Here's an Instagram of 'Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss.' The piece was created by Antonio Canova in 1793.
Instagrammers add levity to serious art. Check out this woman goofing around with a statue of the goddess Athena from the fourth century BC.
Here's what Michelangelo's 'The Rebellious Slave' looks like with the addition of an Instagram filter.
This Instagrammer shared a picture of other museum goers taking pictures of Théodore Géricault's 'The Raft of the Medusa.'
Not to be overlooked, the 'Pyramide du Louvre' by I.M. Pei, which is visible outside the museum, is a popular subject for Instagrammers.
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