Louvre Galeries is a level from Tomb Raider - Angel of Darkness.
- 1 About this level
- 2 Picture by picture
- 3 Trivia
About this level
This level is one of the largest in the game.
Lara must seek the room of Margot Carvier and get the pass to get into the Archaeological dig under the Louvre.
Picture by picture
Louvre galleries has so many images. I divided these in rooms.
10.01 - The Barberini Ivory
Behind Lara there is a part of the Barberini Ivory. It is a Byzantine ivory leaf dating from the late antiquity.
10.02 - Hermes figure
This thing is derived from a metalic disc with Hermes on it. I couldn't get the original. But I think it is Greek/Roman.
10.03 - Floor mosaic/pattern
Unknown floor mosaic, I don't think it is from the Louvre.
10.04 - Column with leaves and flowers
10.05 - Bull statues
These are an example of art from the Achaemenid Empire (550 - 330 BC). The bull statues are now in the Louvre and I found an example which is listed as nr AOD1 (not a joke). They are made of limestone ca. 510 BC.
Once they stood on the top of a column in the Apadana (audience chamber) of the palace of Darius I in Susa. Carrying a (I think) wooden roof. More information about the analysis of the bull status here.
10.06 - Unknown
There is still an unknown
10.07 - Flower scene
Also unknown. I think it's ivory.
10.08 - Relief of Itwesh
It was taken from the tomb of Itwesh. Now the relief is at the Brooklyn Museum. It dates from the end of the 5th Dynasty (2475-2345 BC), the old kingdom.
Itwesh, more officially called Semenkhu-Ptah, was an important royal official, according to the inscription on this relief fragment from his tomb. The image represents not the living Itwesh but one of his tomb statues. In Egyptian reliefs, living people are generally depicted with both shoulders in a frontal view, while images of statues show just one shoulder in profile. The full chin, receding (slightly retouched) hairline, and walking stick indicate that the statue of Itwesh shown in this relief portrayed him as a stout man in prosperous middle age.
10.09 - Stele of Nefertiti and a princess
This is a part of a house altar and it depicts queen Nefertiti (Neferneferuaten Nefertiti) and a child Meketaten (Neferneferuaten Meketaten) in mirror.
It depicts the god Aten with his rays ending in ankhs, on the left side king Akhenaten Neferkheperure-waenre kissing his child and in front of them queen Nefertiti with two children Meketaten and Neferuneferuaten Ankhensenpaäten (or later when she was married with Tutankhamun: Ankhsenamun). The stele was made in the 18th Dynasty of Egypt (1549-1292 BC) during the reign of Akhenaten (1353-1334 BC). It shows a rather intimate scene (unlike the period before and after his reign) and is an example of Amarna art. It is now at the Egyptian Museum of Berlin.
10.10 - Greek Athletes
Base of statues of Kouroi, one representing six young athletes playing the ball. Around 500 BC. From the National Archaeological museum in Athens. The same picture can also be found in Tomb Raider 1.
10.11 - Relief with men on it.
Unknown, didn't found on the internet.
10.12 - Stele of Akhetaa
It is a stele from a nobleman from the 3th dynasty of Egypt, calledAa-akhti or Akhetaa (depent how you read it). He was a high official during the reign of king Nebka, an obscure pharaoh. The stele is now in the Louvre.
10.13 - Assyrian war scenery
The scenery consist of two parts. The left one and the right one. I only found the right one, it is from the British Museum in London, called The Triumphal return of Assurnazirpal (885-650 B.C.).
10.14 - Thingy
I don't know how this thing is called. But it is there, I couldn't find it on the internet.
Room with paintings and lasers
10.15 - Overview
Here you see the overview of the room. It looks a bit like the Louvre room, don't know the name, don't care.
10.16 - Stele of Nefertiabet
The stele is from the Old kingdom and depicts a woman who get offering goods. It is a daughter from king Khufu (from the pyramid in Giza) called Nefertiabet. Now at the Louvre. It is also used in Tomb Raider IV.
10.17 - Painting nr. 1
Notable events in his life include his journey with his uncle Abram (Abraham) and his flight from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, during which Lot's wife became a pillar of salt, and Lot was made drunk and then raped by his daughters so that they could have children. (From here)
10.18 - Painting nr. 2
Unknown painter. The view is in Pisa and I found it on a Russian website.
10.19 - Painting nr. 3
Painting by Willem Claesz Heda made in 1634 from the Netherlands. It is a still life.
10.20 - Painting nr. 4
10.21 - Painting nr. 5
Painting by Pieter Claesz, made in 1635. It is a still life.
10.22 - Papyrus nr. 1
This is Chapter 125 from the Book of the Dead from Ani. It was made for the scribe Ani in the New Kingdom era, 19th dynasty of Egypt around 1250 B.C.E. A book of the dead is a collection of papyrus scrolls with text to guide the diseased to the afterlife. Because the diseased can be confronted by demons and other gods.
Chapter 125 consist of three pages. Ani arrives in the hall of Maati or the double truth. Here he must confess to 42 gods. If you think that's a huge amount of gods, yes it is true. But the number 42 represent the administrative areas of ancient Egypt: 22 for Upper-Egypt and 20 for Lower-Egypt. To each of the god, Ani must speak in a negative way: I didn't commit murder. After this trial his hearth will be weighted on a scale before Osiris. More information here.
10.23 - Papyrus nr. 2
The next papyrus is called Papyrus MS1639 from an unknown scribe. It is from the New Kingdom era, the 18th dynasty or 1500 B.C.E. It is located in the Kon-Tiki Museet in Oslo.
10.24 - Papyrus nr. 3
Unknown Coptic papyrus. Next!
10.25 - Papyrus nr. 4
This papyrus is from Paheby, Son of Ankhpakhered and Takhebyt from the Ptolemaic Period (331 - 30 BC). It is now in the collection of the Michael C. Carlos Museum. On it you see the god Anubis (Inepu) , a priest for a shrine and woman that are mourning.
10.26 - Runic Calendar on ivory
MS in Swedish on ivory, Sweden, ca. 1500, 9 ff., 6x12 cm, single column, (6x11 cm), 4-6 lines in Runes of the younger Futhark, some saints' names added later in French in capitals, 1 solar circle drawn like a ropework spiked wheel with solar numbers in runes, another drawn like a spiked wheel with solar numbers in Gothic book script of medium to low grade and quality, 32 feast day symbols indicated with symbols, runes, crosses and fishes in black and red, 80 drawings of saints in black and red copied after a Flemish book of hours, use of Brughes. (Info here)
10.27 - Greek / Roman coins
Unknown Geek / Roman coins.
10.28 - Greek Hoplite armoury
In the cabinet it displays a Greek Hoplite armoury (I think): 1) Battle axe, 2) Broken shield, 3) Armour, 4) Helmed, 5) Spears.
Room with lasers and guards
10.29 - Statue of Hebe
The statue was made by Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844). It depicts the goddess Hebe, the goddess of the youth. One of the many sons and daughters of Zeus. She can be recognised by the cup in her right hand, the cup is filled with ambrosia the food of the gods.
The background of the statue is the same as the background on the Pallas Athene statue. Apparently it is a decoration that looks like the pattern of the seeds in a sunflower: the Fibonacci number, named after Leonardo de Pisa.
10.30 - Painting
It is a still life with a basket of oranges or apples. I couldn't find the original on the internet. It could be Auguste Laux.
10.31 - Overview
This overview reminds me of a particulair area of the louvre. This is called: Salle des Caryatides
Hall with paintings
10.32 - overview of the room
Both are paintings from the 15th century, both came from Florence and the two made anatomical studies before the paintings were made. It is the time of the renaissance or to look back on the art of the classical period (Greek/Roman period) for inspiration.
10.33 - Painting: Virgin on the rocks
It is called "Virgin of the Rocks", but I pronounce it as "Virgin on the Rocks" like a drink. There are two versions of this painting: Parisian and the London version. This one is the Paris version.
The painting is made by Leonardo da Vinci in 1483-1486. It depicts Madonna and child Jesus with the infant John the Baptist and an angel Uriel in a rocky setting which gives the paintings their usual name.
10.34 - Drawing of an old soldier.
The drawing is made by Leonardo da Vinci between 1504-1505. It is a study of an old soldier for the Battle of Anghiari and is called: "Head study for the battle of Anghiari". It is now in the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest.
10.35 - Self portrait of Leonardo Da Vinci.
Presumed self-portrait of Leonardo (c. 1510) at the Royal Library of Turin, Italy.
10.36 - Drawing of hands
10.37 - Drawing of a girl
The drawing was made by Leonardo da Vinci circa 1483. It is called "Head of a girl"
10.38 - Drawing of a horse
The drawing was made by Leonardo da Vinci between 1503-1504. It is called "Rearing horse" and now in the Royal Librarian (United Kingdom).
10.39 - Drawing of a man
The drawing was made by Michelangelo Buonarroti in 1510/1511. It is called: "Study of a Man". It is now in Musées de Poitiers in France.
10.40 - Another drawing of a man
10.41 - Drawing of man and woman
The drawing was made by Michaelangelo Buonarroti in the first half of the 16th century. It is called: "Madonna and Child with St. John". It is now in the Louvre Museum.
10.42 - Drawing of a man
The drawing was made by Michaelangelo Buonarroti in 1511. It is called: "Study for the Libyan Sibyl". The Libyan Sibyl is a painting in the Sistine Chapel. It is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
10.43 - Head of man
The drawing was made by Michaelangelo Buonarroti in the first half of the 16th century. It is called: "Satyr's head". It is now in the Louvre.
A satyr is a male nature spirit with ears and a tail resembling those of a horse. The creature is known from the Greek Mythology and are companions of the god Dyionysus.
10.44 - Allegorical figure
The drawing was made by Michaelangelo Buonarroti in 1530. It is called "Allegorical figure". One of the drawings which Vasari referred to as "The Divine Heads".
10.45 - Cleopatra
The drawing was made by Michaelangelo Buonarroti from an unknown date and called: "Cleopatra".
Cleopatra was the last Macedonian/Greek Pharaoh or Queen of Egypt. This drawing shows the death of Cleopatra with a snake, she committed suicide.
Large room with the Mona Lisa
10.46 - Venus and Cupid with a Satyr
It depicts Venus sleeping with her son Eros. Behind them, a satyr is caught while discovering the goddess. The picture is often also seen as portraying Jupiter and Antiope as, according to mythology and Ovid, Jupiter had turned himself into a satyr to rape the nymph (from wikipedia).
10.47 - Dream of Salomon
The story comes from the the books of kings in the Bible (1 Books of Kings 3:5-15). In it God appears in a dream before Solomon and promises Solomon anything he wants. Solomon only asks for wisdom, nothing more..
10.48 - The rape of Europa
The title of the painting refers to the mythological story of the abduction of Europa by Zeus (Jupiter to the Romans), Titian is unequivocal about the fact that this is a scene of rape (abduction): Europa is sprawled helplessly on her back, her clothes in disarray. In the myth, the god assumed the form of a bull and enticed Europa to climb onto his back. Once there, the bull rode into the sea and carried her to Crete, where he revealed his real identity. Europa became the first Queen of Crete, and had three children with Zeus. The painting depicts Europa on the back of the bull, just off the shore of her homeland.
10.49 - Jupiter and Anthiope
Another painting by Titian. It is called: "Jupiter and Anthiope (Pardo Venus)" and made in 1540-1542.
They are based on the story of the seduction of Antiope by the god Zeus in Greek mythology, later imported into Roman mythology and told of the god Jupiter. According to this myth, Antiope, the beautiful daughter of King Nycteus of Thebes, was surprised and seduced by Zeus in the form of a satyr. She became pregnant and bore the twins Amphion and Zethus, who later killed Nycteus' brother Lycus in revenge for his treatment of Antiope and took over the city of Thebes.
10.50 - Mona Peter
It is well known under the AOD fans. It depict the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci made in 1503/1506-1517. The face was edited with that from Peter Connelly, one of the developers of the game. I count this as an easter egg.
It is considered an archetypal masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance, and has been described as "the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world...The painting is likely of the Italian noblewoman Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, and is in oil on a white Lombardy poplar panel...
10.51 - The last Supper
The Last Supper portrays the reaction given by each apostle when Jesus said one of them would betray him. All twelve apostles have different reactions to the news, with various degrees of anger and shock.
10.52 - The school of Athens
Painting made by Raphael or Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (1483-1520). It is called: "The School of Athens" made in 1509. Like the Last Supper it is a wall painting. in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City.
The School of Athens is one of a group of four main frescoes on the walls of the Stanza (those on either side centrally interrupted by windows) that depict distinct branches of knowledge...The subject of the "School" is actually "Philosophy," or at least ancient Greek philosophy, and its overhead tondo-label, "Causarum Cognitio", tells us what kind, as it appears to echo Aristotle's emphasis on wisdom as knowing why, hence knowing the causes, in Metaphysics Book I and Physics Book II. Indeed, Plato and Aristotle appear to be the central figures in the scene.
10.53 - The immaculate conception
It represents the Immaculate Conception, a tradition of the Catholic Church stating that the Virgin Mary was conceived without original sin
10.54 - The wedding at Cana
In The Wedding Feast at Cana (1563), Paolo Veronese depicts the New Testament story of the Marriage at Cana within the historical context of the Renaissance in the 16th century. In the Gospel of John, the story of the first Christian miracle, Mary, her son, Jesus of Nazareth, and some of his Apostles, attend a wedding in Cana, a city in Galilee. In the course of the wedding banquet, the supply of wine was becoming depleted; at Mary's request, Jesus commanded the house servants to fill stone jugs with water, which he then transformed into wine (John 2:1–11).
10.55 - Unknown painting by Luca Giordano
Painting made by Luca Giordano and has an unknown name. Maybe it is called: "The Israelites are attacked by the Amalekites".
10.56 - Death of the Virgin
The painting recalls Caravaggio's Entombment in the Vatican in scope, sobriety, and the photographic naturalism. The figures are nearly life-sized. Mary lies reclined, clad in a simple red dress. The lolling head, the hanging arm, the swollen, spread feet depict a raw and realistic view of the Virgin's mortal remains
10.57 - The Fall of the Rebel Angels
Another painting by Luca Giordano. It is called "The Fall of the Rebel Angels" made in 1666.
The image of Saint Michael mirrors that of classical iconography, showing its spread wings, with a sword, with a heavenly dress and a red cape; intent on expelling the demons that came from the underworld on the earth
10.58 - Venus and Cupid
Painting made by Lambert Sustris (1515/1520-1584), called: "Venus and Cupid", made in 1554. The painting is now in the Louvre. I think it is about Greek/Roman mythology.
10.59 - Discovery of the true cross
Painting by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. It is called: "Discovery of the True Cross", made in 1745. It is now in the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice.
The True Cross is the name for physical remnants which, by the tradition of some Christian churches, are said to be from the cross upon which Jesus was crucified.
10.60 - Pietà
A pietà (Italian pronunciation: [pjeˈta]; meaning "pity", "compassion") is a subject in Christian art depicting the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus, most often found in sculpture. As such, it is a particular form of the Lamentation of Christ, a scene from the Passion of Christ found in cycles of the Life of Christ.
10.61 - Medusa
Another painting by Caravaggio. It is called: "Medusa" made in 1595.
...depicting the exact moment she was executed by Perseus. He plays with the concept by replacing Medusa's face with his own, as an indication of his immunity to her dreadful gaze. Due to its bizarre and intricate design, the painting is said to complement Caravaggio's unique fascination with violence and realism.
10.62 - Supper at Emmaus
Yet another painting by Caravaggio. It is called: "Supper at Emmaus" made in 1601.
The painting depicts the moment when the resurrected but incognito Jesus, reveals himself to two of his disciples (presumed to be Luke and Cleopas) in the town of Emmaus, only to soon vanish from their sight (Gospel of Luke 24: 30–31). Cleopas wears the scallop shell of a pilgrim. The other apostle wears torn clothes. Cleopas gesticulates in a perspectively-challenging extension of arms in and out of the frame of reference. The standing groom, forehead smooth and face in darkness, appears oblivious to the event. The painting is unusual for the life-sized figures, the dark and blank background. The table lays out a still-life meal. Like the world these apostles knew, the basket of food teeters perilously over the edge.
10.63 - Transfugration
The painting exemplifies Raphael's development as an artist and the culmination of his career. Unusually for a depiction of the Transfiguration of Jesus in Christian art, the subject is combined with the next episode from the Gospels (the healing of a possessed boy) in the lower part of the painting. The Transfiguration stands as an allegory of the transformative nature of representation. It is now in the Pinacoteca Vaticana in Vatican City.
In the open air
10.64 - Face
Unknown, looks like a king or a royal.
10.65 - Another face
Unknown, looks like a king or a royal.
10.66 - Oxheads and roses
These motifs comes from antiquity, and it is called a Bucranium. During the renaissance it was used at buildings. Found a bucranium that looks like it, it came from the Ara Pacis building from 13 BC. But I didn’t found it on the exterior in the Louvre.
Fun fact: there is also a bucranium in Tomb Raider 1: The Cistern
10.67 - Composed relief
According to Positiveley Amazonian it is a mashup of three plaques.
- First one is unclear
- But the central figure is similar to the frontispiece of the Parthenon (the so-called metopes), nowadays at British Museum. The image is mirrored, tho. It might be one of the Centaure fights instead of the Panathenian ride walk.
- And the last figure is the Athenian lady Hegisto, from the funerary stele that has her name. She appears chosing her jewels from a case a female slave brings her.
Margot Carviers office
10.68 - Painting of a woman and an angel
Painting made by George Frederic Watts (1817-1904) and it is called "Love and life" made in 1904.
10.69 - Mountain
The mountain depicts the odd shaped mountains of Cappodocia in Turkey. Göreme.is a town in Cappodocia.
Eckhardt planned and built a base here once on an ancient site but never got to use it before he was incarcerated beneath Castle Kriegler. (It’s weird, deep and scary and of course ideal for our heroes to bash the living daylights out of creepy abominations). Time for intense subterranean action in the underground cities of Anatolia - Nevsehir, Kayseri, Kaymakli Derinkuyu and Nigde along the Goreme valley. (From Tomb of Ash)
So this picture is a view of a location of "Game II". Maybe an easter egg.
10.70 - Another mountain
Another mountain this time unknown one. Could be mount Ida in Turkey?
10.71 - Map
A map of Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. It is a small hint of a location of "Game II".
10.72 - Tiny statue
Unknown headless statue.
10.73 - CD
I think it’s a cd from Mozart (Rock Me Amadeus!) . and the other one is too blurry. I found a better picture but it is still too blurry to look it up.
10.74 - Stamps
I think these are German stamps. A reference to Game II and Castle Kriegler.
10.75 - Screen
This is the website of Vasiley. Notice the Lux Veritatis logo in the "V". I don't know about the three pictures on the background, it could be antique. Because Matthias Vasiley was an art dealer (I think).
The note with the password (who does that anyway) looks like it was written by a pirate GRG RGR RGHRH HRRHERRH etc.
10.76 - Art nouveau lamp
This art nouveau lamp reminds me of the other Tiffany lamp. But this is a different pattern.
10.77 - Painting
There is another painting near the stove. I think it is a tapestry.
10.78 - Castle Kriegler
We know that it is Castle Kriegler, that would feature in the next game. It is the castle where Eckhard was torched. In fact we see Pieter van Ekchard Some of the landscape reminds me of The Obscura paintings.
10.79 - Carpet
The designers looked after each detail. On the floor lies a nice Persian carpet. There are a lot of carpets with a block system in the middle.
Room with paintings and staircase to the archaeological dig
10.80 - Painting
Lara is gazing to an unknown painting. I can not find it on the internet. If someone else can take a try?
10.81 - Book I
10.82 - Book II
Unknown book from the middle ages.
10.83 - Book III
10.84 - Book IV
Image of an 18th century manuscript of the Bhagavad-gita.
10.85 - Calendar
Came from here. It is an old Norwegian girdle calendar which date to 1636. It represent the months January (Ianuari), February (Februari), March (Martius), April (Aprilis), May (Majus) and June (Junius).
10.86 - Stone with inscriptions
I think it is a combination of two images: one of Sargon II and some sort of texts of Assyria.
The picture of Sargon II came from the palace at Durr-Sharrukin c. 716 - 713 BC. It is now the Louvre.
10.87 - Parts of manuscripts
It is one of the pictures of the girdle calendar of Norway. Never mind...
10.88 - Book V
The book contains two books.
The right one is called " collection/boccaccio-ms-268 The murder of Brunhilda", from De Casibus Virorum Illustrium, attributed to Maître François, Paris, c. 1475
10.89 - Coptic portrait from Egypt
Portrait of a woman, discovery site: Antinopolis, Egypt, coptic period. Louvre museum.
10.90 - Mathematical figure
It is a manuscript in Arabic from China, late 16th to early 17th century. Read more here.
10.91 - Greek vessel I
10.92 - Greek vessel II
It looks like an amphora but it is not. It is called “Birdcatcher cup” and it scenery is the bottom of a cup. It is a dancing man between two trees. Made in East of Greece ca. 550 BC. Found the original here. Now in the Louvre.
10.93 - Floor mosaic
Lara can shoot the pots.to pieces. She can also shoot at some cabinets.
The level is divided into 5 area's. Most of the picture are duplicates. These seven pictures, are not used in the game or in their area.
- Egyptian stele's, is used in the galleries under siege.
- Ancient Egyptian text probably from a obelisk
- Some floor mosaics.
- Composed image from the archaeological dig.
- Composed image from the next level: archaeological dig.
- Composed image from the next level: archaeological dig.
- Composed image from the next level: archaeological dig.
The game can be played in two modes: stealth or no stealth at all.
If you play in stealth mode you have less enemies to encounter. Stay out of the camera's, lasers and don't run at the camera's you have got 8 enemies to deal with. If you don't use stealth then 13 enemies to dealt with.
It was intended that if you use didn't use stealth mode you encounter far more enemies in the Galleries under siege level.