The world’s largest art museum, The Louvre, has not only made its entire art collection available to view online, but they have also made it free.
While speaking on the topic Jean-Luc Martinez, President-Director of the Musée du Louvre, said: “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.”
As for the scale of things, a database was made of works from the French museum, the Musée National Eugène-Delacroix, the Tuileries and Carrousel gardens sculptures, as well as the Musées Nationaux Récupération. All in all, over 482,000 works have been digitized and stored.
The benefit of having all of these works stored online is not only that we can view them remotely during times of quarantine, but it’s now easier than ever to explore the vast array of art with specific search parameters. When it comes to looking through The Louvre specifically, there is an interactive map that will allow visitors to go room by room, taking in all the art as they hang and stand in their respective spaces.
If you like the sound of visiting The Louvre online then head over to the official Louvre Collections website.