You Can Now Visit The Louvre From The Comfort Of Your Home!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic around the world, many non-essential industries has taken a hard beating, none more so than the tourism industry with emphasis on the cultural institutions. Even the worlds most famous art museum isn’t safe from the gripping effects of the COVID-19 lockdown.
But that did not deter the great minds at the Louvre, as their new major website redesign and online collection database saw over 21 million people visiting the Louvre’s website. So for the first time ever, the Louvre’s entire art collection which features over 480,000 items will be available to view online.
You will even get to see some of the rarest art pieces in the world such as the Venus de Milo and Winged Victory of Samothrace with their new catalogue. Yes, you will also get to see the Mona Lisa but I would much rather explore the art works from the Napoleonic Wars such as The Death of Jean Lannes, The Battle of Trafalgar, and the 28th Regiment at Quatre Bras.
The digital database is free to browse however the offerings itself is not open access, meaning you can’t actually download them, share, or reuse the images you see on the database.
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The museum’s president Jean-Luc Martinez had this to say “Today, the Louvre is dusting off its treasures, even the least-known. 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.”
On top of being able to enjoy the masterpieces in the Louvre from the comfort of your home, visitors to the Louvre website can also click through an interactive map of the museum which lets them immerse themselves in feeling like they are actually walking through the museum.