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This image was captured at the bewitching hour of midnight of the Louvre Museum in the exquisitely enchanting city of Paris.

The Louvre museum in Paris at night

The pyramid is a large glass and metal structure, surrounded by three smaller pyramids, in the main Napoleon courtyard of the Louvre Palace in Paris. It was designed by American architect I.M. Pei, who was in charge of this grand renovation project which serves as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum that was commissioned by the President of France, François Mitterrand, in 1984, was completed in 1989, and has become a landmark of the city of Paris.

The sculpture has an interesting history of its own. Before its conversion to a museum, King Louis XIV of France resided and held court at the Louvre Palace before building Versailles as its replacement on a vast estate on the outskirts of Paris. Louis was so pleased with Italian Gian Lorenzo Bernini's skill as a playwright, a painter, a composer, an architect, a theater designer, and caricaturist, who was most known for his sculpting, that Louis granted him an annual pension and in 1665 commissioned him to sculpt an equestrian statue of himself. This was to be Bernini's last royal symbol of the king. The original statue was actually carved from a single block of Carrara marble by Bernini's students and was completed prior to 1673. This classic, glorified flourish of Baroque art was not sent to Versailles until 1685, five years after the sculptor's death. Louis took an instant dislike to it. He first ordered it to be broken into pieces but relented and had it exiled to the far end of the gardens near the Pool of the Swiss Guards after his likeness was removed.

I.M. Pei persuaded the officials at Versailles to make a copy of this statue which he placed in front of his famous glass pyramid entrance to the Louvre. This copy, cast in lead, is the only sculpture in the Napoleon plaza/court surrounding the glass pyramid.

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