Free of charge! Louvre just took virtual reality to another lever or as they say, it has raised the bar high. Why wouldn’t anyone want to jump into the occasion?
Now, available on Louvre’s website you could view all the treasures of the Louvre museum without having to book a trip to Paris, or even pay!
The Louvre has put its whole art collection online, the world-known museum publicized on Friday that more than 480,000 works of art shall be available for anyone to look through at any time.
The Louvre’s most famous artworks like “Winged Victory,” “Venus de Milo” and, the “Mona Lisa” are presented to peruse online, alongside thousands of other pieces like paintings, sculpture, jewellery, furniture, textiles, and historical objects.
The new database contains work from the Louvre and Paris’s Musée National Eugène-Delacroix, with sculptures from the nearby Tuileries and Carrousel gardens. Online viewers can peruse “MNR” works (Musées Nationaux Récupération or National Museums Recovery) too. These items were recovered after WWII and given to the Louvre. Then they will be restored to their legitimate owners.
Those who are not exactly sure where to start or just want to simply mimic a visit to the Louvre can use an interactive map. Then, virtually explore the museum room by room. viewers could look up specific work of arts, browse the collection by theme or follow a themed collection made by the museum’s curatorial department. It seems that the database will be continually updated with new works and new research.
The Louvre has been closed at the start of the pandemic but it reopened over the summer with new COVID-19 precautions for a short time. However, the museum remains closed to visitors till this time due to Paris’s lockdown and is currently undergoing renovation like adding new security systems, cleaning sculptures, and reorganizing entrances.