The Louvre Museum is the biggest and, prior to the pandemic, most visited museum in the world. Its grandiose halls, formerly inhabited by kings, are today decked with the greatest artistic treasures known to humanity. Both the monument and the artwork it houses have born witness to centuries of historical exploits…and a fair amount of scandale. This unconventional visit of the Louvre will focus on a selection of works embroiled in or emblematic of controversy, crime and/or dissimulation, as a new way to approach both the history of the museum and its collections, as well as the contemporary challenges they face.
Amanda Herold-Marme is scheduled to teach a new course this summer for the Stanford in Paris Program, and is delighted to share her interests with the Stanford Community. She received her PhD in Art History from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) with a dissertation on Spanish art and politics in Paris from the Spanish Civil War through the 1950s. She holds Masters degrees from the Sorbonne in contemporary art history, as well as in Hispanic Literature and Civilization from New York University in Madrid. She has taught various art history and history courses at institutions including Sciences Po Paris, the Ecole du Louvre, and Paris College of Art.