The Louvre is letting you view its expansive art collection from anywhere in the world. The French museum has released an online platform featuring its entire collection of artwork including more than 480,000 pieces.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Louvre was forced to shut its doors depriving tourists, researchers, and art lovers of face time with its collections. Now going virtual, the museum is allowing all of its artwork to be viewed free of charge on their newly launched platform, collections.louvre.fr. The website showcases work from the museum’s eight departments ranging from Renaissance sculptures and Islamic art to Ancient Egyptian antiques and paintings from artists worldwide.
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To browse through the entire collection, the platform provides simple or advanced search features alongside browsing through themed albums. The website also has an interactive map that will enable people to explore the museum and everyone one of its artworks room by room, mimicking the actual museum experience. According to a statement from the Louvre, the website will be updated regularly by museum experts as the collection expands.
The Louvre was officially closed in late October due to strict lockdown restrictions in France, which left the world-famous artworks like Mona Lisa without their usual viewers. The museum is also undergoing a significant renovation while closed.
In 2018, the Louvre became one of the most visited museums in the world, by welcoming around 10.2 million visitors.