Now, art enthusiasts can view the entire Louvre collection online for free and won't have to risk going out
Going to museums is such a pleasure, it's hard to imagine going through an entire year without doing so. Due to the pandemic, most of them were shut down and we had to resort to virtual tours and online pictures to view our favorite art galleries, exhibits, sculptures, and more. Though nothing can really mimic the feeling of soaking in all the gorgeous art and wonder that is found in museums all around the world directly, we definitely have to make do in this ongoing crisis.
From ogling the works of the Dutch masters to immersing in the unique and captivating world of Salvador Dali, you can create new experiences while exploring these museums from home without spending for entrance fees! | via @philstarlifehttps://t.co/iJh1DerrEV— The Philippine Star (@PhilippineStar) April 6, 2021
Thankfully, several establishments have set up virtual tours so that we can view their wonderful collections right from our homes. Now, the world's most visited museum, the Louvre, in Paris, has announced the same in a press release. The French museum has released an online platform that features all of their wonderful artworks, which consist of over 480,000 unique pieces. This means that art enthusiasts and researchers alike will now be able to view the entire Louvre collection from the comfort of their homes for free.
This is a stunning picture!— david a (@spec4david) April 1, 2021
Looking through the website, we find that they have showcased artworks from collections at the museum's eight departments. You can engross yourself in the sublime wonders ranging from Islamic art and Renaissance sculptures to Egyptian antiquities and paintings from artists all over the world. "Today, the Louvre is dusting off its treasures, even the least-known," Jean-Luc Martinez, the 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 Louvre's stunning cultural heritage is all now just a click away!" he added. "I am sure that this digital content is going to further inspire people to come to the Louvre to discover the collections in person." According to their official announcement, visitors can freely scroll through the prestigious museum's massive collections through simple or advanced searches. They can also view the collections via entries by the curatorial department, or themed albums, the release said. Some of you may have been to this amazing place already in your life, and are quite aware of just how amazing it is. This is also a great chance for people who have never been there to experience the fine paintings firsthand.
#FrescoFriday - Panels depicting four of the Muses - Melpomene (Tragedy), Thalia (Comedy), Erato (Lyric poetry), and Clio (History) - from the Praedia of Julia Felix, Pompeii (II.4.10/3). Discovered 20 July 1755. #Pompeii— Dr Crom (@DocCrom) April 2, 2021
Images: Louvre Museum (ED 2756; 2757; 2753; 2752) pic.twitter.com/UeJkWhVaDi
The Louvre museum has certainly made it easy and comfortable for users to explore their vast collection. The website they have set up has an interactive map that lets people go through the museum and every single one of its artworks room by room. The museum stated that they will be updating the interface regularly as the museum experts see to it that their collection slowly expands. World-famous artworks like the "Mona Lisa", or "Liberty Leading the People", or "Venus de Milo", have been without their usual crowd of admirers due to the lockdown restrictions in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The museum still remains closed to visits and is now undergoing long-planned renovations.
#FrescoFriday - A really gorgeous panel (although damaged) showing women feeding a young goat. Listed as from Pompeii, but which house is unclear... Perhaps House of Marcus Lucretius Fronto (V.4.a)? Any thoughts @pompei79?— Dr Crom (@DocCrom) April 2, 2021
Image: Louvre Museum (CC 69; P1) pic.twitter.com/QiIBW7RnF1