5 pieces of art you should see at the Lou­vre Abu Dhabi

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As the Lou­vre Abu Dhabi opened its doors to the pub­lic Satur­day, here are five pieces of art out of the 620 on dis­play you should look out for that show the breadth of the new mu­seum.

“Mon­u­men­tal Statue with Two Heads”

This plas­ter statue, dat­ing to around 6,500 B.C. and dis­cov­ered in Ain Ghazal, Jor­dan, is one of the old­est known in hu­man his­tory. It’s among the ear­li­est large-scale rep­re­sen­ta­tions of hu­man form. The set­tle­ment in which it was found, spread across 30 acres (12 hectares) along the Zarqa river, was one of the largest known Ne­olithic set­tle­ments in the Near East.

“Page of the ‘Blue Qu­ran’”

The page, from one of the old­est-ever-found Qu­rans, sits in a dark­ened room near a Gothic Bi­ble, Bud­dhist su­tras and a To­rah from Ye­men. It’s part of the mu­seum’s theme of show­ing what’s univer­sal among peo­ples of the world. The Blue Qu­ran dates from around 900 and was dis­cov­ered in North Africa.

“Por­trait of a Woman, called La Belle Fer­ronniere”

This is one of some 15 pieces of art known to ex­ist to­day from the Re­nais­sance mas­ter Leonardo da Vinci. Dat­ing around 1495, the paint­ing is thought to be of Lu­crezia Criv­elli, a mis­tress of the Duke of Mi­lan Lu­dovico Sforza. The clothes the woman is wear­ing, her po­si­tion and the smooth­ness of the paint­ing all re­flect the style of the Re­nais­sance.

This Claude Monet paint­ing from 1877 came dur­ing the In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion. Monet, known as the fa­ther of Im­pres­sion­ism, of­ten painted rail­way sta­tions, mod­ern life and ur­ban land­scapes dur­ing this pe­riod. His sig­na­ture brush­strokes and the ef­fects of color can be seen in it.

“Foun­tain of Light”

The Lou­vre Abu Dhabi com­mis­sioned this chan­de­lierin­spired in­stal­la­tion from Chi­nese artist Ai Wei­wei. The 7-meter (23-foot) piece of art is made of stain­less steel and glass. It’s in­spired by the Tatlin Tower, a utopian project that was meant to be built in Rus­sia in 1919 but never was.

“The Saint-Lazare Sta­tion”

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