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You can now visit The Louvre from the palm of your hand2 min read

April 6, 2021 2 min read

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You can now visit The Louvre from the palm of your hand2 min read

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Have you missed going to an art museum? Spending hours looking at a painting trying to understand its colours, its textures, and its perspectives? Well, there is a big surprise in store from you all the way from France!

The Louvre, the biggest art museum in the world, has gone online with all of its artwork. Now, you can visit the wonders at Louvre from your homes!

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Yes, you heard that right. The Louvre has released all its artworks, more than 4,80,000 pieces, on a free online platform that can be accessed through smartphones or computers all over the world.

Louvre Museum’s Napoleon Courtyard, at dusk. © Benh Lieu Song. Sourced from Wikipedia.

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The museum is divided into eight departments that cover art from across centuries: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; Prints and Drawings. So, you can visit the Great Sphinx of Tanis, and The Lacemaker in just one click. The pandemic has rendered the museum inaccessible to visitors but this digitisation has bridged the distance between art and art lovers.

Inside the Louvre Palace. © Jorge Royan. Sourced from Wikipedia

The platform has divided the museum’s collection into seven categories: paintings, objects, sculptures, textiles, furniture, jewellery and finery, and writings and inscriptions. It also has themed albums, like Masterpieces of the Louvre, the Art of Portraiture (Remember when you made some of your own?).
The platform also has an interactive map to help the viewer navigate the vast labyrinth of the museum!

Check out the full collection, here.

Play with Owliver:
Match these paintings from the Louvre to their titles in the puzzle, below.

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