What You’ll See During Louvre’s “Jay-Z & Beyoncé Tour”

In addition to Mona Lisa, it covers works that represent the African-American heritage.

This summer, Beyoncé and Jay-Z filmed their music video “Apesh*t” inside Musée du Louvre in Paris. Since then, Louvre has welcomed fans with a 90-minute “JAY-Z and Beyoncé at the Louvre” tour highlighting 17 artworks featured in the video.

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Though self-guided, the tour encompasses a majority of works that represent the African-American heritage. In addition to da Vince’s The Mona Lisa, other famous pieces include: Marie-Guillemine Benoist’s Portrait d’une négresse, Jacques Louis David’s The Coronation of Napoleon, Théodore Géricault’s The Charging Chasseur and The Raft of the Medusa.

As described on the Louvre’s website, here’s a quick roundup of the tour:

Starting under the Pyramid head towards the Denon wing. After the ticket check, continue on up the stairs. Take the spiral staircase on your right to the Salle du Manège (room 183). Go up the flight of stairs on the right and cross the Galerie Daru (room 406).

In the last ten years, the power couple had visited Louvre four times. The idea of filming their music video inside the most famous museum in the world came about during their last visit in May. Louvre agreed to the concept since the video synopsis had a genuine attachment to Louvre and its artworks. Of course the cost didn’t come cheap, but Louvre didn’t reveal the exact figure paid to complete the project. But according to the New York Timesthe Louvre normally costs around $17,500 for an all-day private access, and grants approximately 500 entertainment shoots per year.

For fans of the Beyhive, this is a great way to learn about art history while following the visual trail of Queen Bey.

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