If you’ve been to Paris, then you’ve most likely visited the Louvre, and you will know how overwhelmingly huge it is with its 652,000 sq ft to walk around and the 380,000 objects and 35,000 works of art to peruse. It would take you around 200 days to see every work of art on display if you looked at each piece for 30 seconds.
Thankfully, with the museum’s new online collection, you have all the time in the world to give each piece of art the attention it deserves. The collection includes pieces from both the Louvre and the Musée National Eugène-Delacroix. It contains items both on display and in storage and is updated on a daily basis. The collections cover paintings, sculptures, furniture, textiles, jewellery, objects and items that display writing and inscription. Each piece is labelled with information and pictures, and there is also an interactive map of the Louvre to examine.
The Louvre is only one in a long line of institutions that have seen their doors closed to the public due to coronavirus. Consequently, they have had to focus their efforts on their online platforms. While some may find the experience of looking at art exhibitions online underwhelming in comparison to physically attending the Louvre’s grand buildings in the beautiful city of Paris, it does make the collections more accessible and economical.
The Louvre’s president-director Jean-Luc Martinez said that the move online is "a step that has been in preparation for several years with the aim of serving the general public as well as researchers. Accessibility is at the heart of our mission.”