Are the art museums lost? The Louvre has just put its entire art collection online

Written by Alaa Elassar, CNN

There is nothing like spending a rainy afternoon in a museum, immersing yourself in the beauty and wonder of art and history. Now the Louvre, the most visited museum in the world, allows you to do it from home.

The French museum has launched an online platform with all the museum’s works of art, consisting of more than 480,000 pieces, the Louvre announced Friday in a press release.
Art lovers and researchers will now be able to view the entire Louvre collection online for free.

The website displays works of art from collections in the museum’s eight departments, ranging from Islamic art and Renaissance sculpture to Egyptian antiquities and paintings by artists from around the world.

“Today, the Louvre is dusting off its treasures, even the lesser known,” Jean-Luc Martínez, president and director of the Louvre, said in a statement. “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.”

“The impressive cultural heritage of the Louvre is now just a click away!” added. “I am sure that this digital content will further inspire people to come to the Louvre to discover the collections in person.”

Visitors can search the museum’s massive collections through simple or advanced searches, entries by curatorial department or thematic albums, according to the statement.

The website has an interactive map that allows people to explore the museum and each of its works of art, room by room.

The website will be regularly updated by museum experts as the museum’s collection slowly expands, according to the statement.

Lockdown restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic closed the Louvre in late October, leaving world-famous artworks such as “Venus de Milo”, “Liberty Leading the People” and the “Mona Lisa” without their usual crowds of admirers.
While the museum is still closed to visitors, the Louvre is now undergoing long-planned renovations.


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