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The Baptistère de Saint Louis

Art Investigation series

 The "Art Investigation" series sets out to solve the mystery of nine works of art in the Musée du Louvre. In what context and circumstances were they made? Who shaped their destinies? How did they come into being… and how did they arrive at the Louvre?

Author(s): Françoise Docquiert

Director(s): Vincent Manniez

Scientific advisor(s): Sophie Makariou

The baptismal basin of St. Louis is a surprising work of art. This masterpiece of bronze inlaid with gold and silver was made by Mohammed ibn Al-Zain during the Mamluk sultanate (a dynasty of slave origin that ruled the Arab world from Cairo between the 13th and 15th centuries), yet its outside is decorated with the French royal fleur-de-lys.






26 minutes


Patrick de Carolis, Éclectic Production, avec la participation de France 5, Musée du Louvre

Commercial distribution

Éclectic Production

Non-commercial distribution

Heure Exquise