You can view over 480,000 works from the entire art collection of the Paris museum.
Although there’s nothing like seeing art in person, the Louvre, the world’s most visited museum, is allowing you to view all their artworks right from home. Over 480,000 pieces from eight of the museum’s cultural departments from a new online platform from Renaissance and Modern Sculptures to Egyptian antiquities.
“For the first time, anyone can access the entire collection of works from a computer or smartphone for free, whether they are on display in the museum, on loan, even long-term, or in storage,” says the Louvre’s president and director Jean-Luc Martinez.” The Louvre’s stunning cultural heritage is all now just a click away!”
The digital showcase will allow you to search through the vast collections with simple or advanced searches. In addition, you can choose what to view based on the curatorial department or themed albums.
As their collection expands, so will the website. According to the Louvre’s press release, museum experts will update the platform regularly.
In their newest exhibition, the world’s largest museum launched “Arts of Islam Past for a present.” Since its creation in 2012, the Department of Islamic Arts at the Louvre offers immersive works to display Islamic culture from Spain to India.
With pieces spanning from national and regional collections, the set includes 180 works, including a mosque lamp found in Jerusalem from the 11th century, 13th-century ivory toilet boxes that belonged to the Duchess of Burgundy, and a piece by famed Iraqi artist Hiwa K.
In 2018, the Louvre broke records when it welcomed a total of 10.2 million visitors. Nearly 75 percent of the number were foreigners and tourists.
While we wait for the world to open up again, you can browsing through iconic art pieces like Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, The Mummy, and The Raft of the Medusa through your smartphone screen.
You can experience the Louvre’s virtual tour here.
Banner photo from @thelouvremuseum on Instagram.