- Words Solly Warner
The world’s most visited museum has made its entire art collection available online for free.
Art lovers, listen up! The Louvre’s new online platform showcases artworks from collections at the museum’s eight departments, ranging from Islamic art and Renaissance sculptures to Egyptian antiquities and paintings from artists all over the world.
Art enthusiasts and researchers can search through the 480,000 plus strong database through simple or advanced searches, entries by curatorial department or themed albums. There is also an interactive map that will allow people to explore the Louvre room by room and will be available in French, English, Spanish and Chinese. The Collections database can be accessed on tablets and computers but has been optimised to be used on smartphones and will continue to grow as museum experts update the collection regularly.
“Today, the Louvre is dusting off its treasures, even the least-known”, said Jean-Luc Martinez, President-Director of the Musée du Louvre, 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 Louvre’s stunning cultural heritage is all now just a click away! I am sure that this digital content is going to further inspire people to come to the Louvre to discover the collections in person”.
The new database is available on the official Louvre Collections website.