That’s something to laugh about! Art lovers can view the Mona Lisa from the comfort of the sofa after the Louvre puts its entire collection online
- The Louvre has put its entire art collection of 480,000 pieces online
- The gallery in Paris has been closed since October 30 in an attempt to contain the virus
- The site allows users to explore the eight sections of the museum
The Louvre has put its entire collection of 480,000 pieces online to help art lovers appreciate masterpieces such as the Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa.
The gallery in Paris, which normally attracts 10 million visitors a year – and is famous for its long lines – has been closed since October 30 in an attempt to contain the pandemic.
The site, collections.louvre.fr, allows users to explore the museum’s eight departments, as well as works of art in storage that are not normally available for viewing. The site is in French, English, Spanish and Chinese.
President Jean-Luc Martinez said: “The Louvre is dusting off its treasures, even the least known.
The gallery in Paris, which normally attracts 10 million visitors a year – and is famous for its long queues – has been closed since October 30 in an attempt to contain the pandemic.
‘For the first time, everyone has free access to the entire collection of works from a computer or smartphone. The Louvre’s stunning cultural heritage is just a click away. ‘
The Louvre is one of many world-renowned museums offering virtual tours during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Others include the British Museum, the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and the Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
It comes after a year of pandemic-related shutdowns that have seen an explosion in visits to the main website, louvre.fr, which has also received a major makeover.
‘It is a step that has been in preparation for several years with the aim of serving both the general public and researchers. Accessibility is at the heart of our mission, ”said Mr. Martinez.
The Louvre has put its entire collection of 480,000 pieces online to help art lovers appreciate masterpieces such as the Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa
The new database includes not only items displayed to the public in the museum, but also items stored, including in the new state-of-the-art facility in Lievin in Northern France.
The platform also includes the Delacroix Museum, operated by the Louvre, as well as sculptures from the neighboring Tuileries Gardens and works recovered from Germany since the end of the war in 1945, waiting to be restored to the families from which they came. looted.
The museum announced earlier this month that it would intensify its efforts to recover items looted from Jewish families by the Nazi regime.
It works to verify all 13,943 items acquired between 1933 and 1945, a process it hopes to complete within five years, followed by research into works acquired in later decades.
Martinez estimated that about one percent of the portraits in the collections were looted.
“The Louvre has nothing to hide and the reputation risk is enormous,” he said. ‘If the next generations want to know where these collections come from, how do we respond? By doing the historical work and establishing the facts. ‘