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A king with a passion for cards
The work on the ‘Grande Galerie’, undertaken to link the Louvre to the Tuileries Palace, was costly for King Henry IV. He had already built accommodation for the artists who decorated the Louvre and erected the Pavillon de Flore at the end of the gallery. Henri IV was an inveterate card player, and when he won, he put the money in his pocket and said: “It will be for my masons!” In 1793, the first Louvre Museum opened in the ‘Grande Galerie’, then expanded into the ‘Salon Carré’, which had previously been used by the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. The museum occupied the entire Louvre palace after the Second Empire.
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