Bridgeman Images owns and distributes a large number of French museum collections, mainly from the catalogs of the Giraudon agency. Among these are a wide variety of images of works in the Louvre Museum.
Historically, the Giraudon agency was the first French photographic agency, offering a vast documentation of the world of culture and art in France.
The Louvre is also architecturally attractive. Built in the Middle Ages as a castle-fortress and inaugurated as a Museum in 1793, its current appearance is the result of the Grand Louvre project commissioned by President François Mitterrand in the 1980s.
The glass and steel pyramid designed by architect Leoh Ming Pei and the Inverted Pyramid that lights up the carousel are now famous around the world and are a symbol of the museum.
In order to provide additional space for works from the very rich reserves of the Louvre, the Louvre-Lens Museum was inaugurated in 2012 in the north of France, an innovative architectural installation designed by an international team.