Located on the first floor of the Denon wing,
between the Denon Pavillon and the Grande Galerie, the Salle des Etats was
designed by the architect Hector Lefuel between 1855 and 1857. In the 4.8
million euro ($6.1 million) refurbished space, Leonardo da Vinci's
masterpiece hangs behind an unbreakable, non-reflective glass covering.
Paolo Veronese (1528-1588)
Marriage at Cana
courtesy of Musée du Louvre
Opposite, at a distance of 28 meters, hangs Veronese's
Marriage at Cana. The Veronese painting, which
depicts the wedding feast where Christ changed water into wine, is the
largest painting in the Louvre.
The throng of
wedding guests, architecture and blue skies that make up Veronese's
spectacular composition, and the other works in the room, should
give the Leonardo's lady plenty to peruse in her new home—that
is, if she
can see over the heads of her never-ending throng of admirers,
who stream past, on average, at more than 1,500 every hour.