The Louvre Museum in Paris decided to make all its masterpieces available for everyone in the pandemic era. The entire collection includes nearly half a million items, all of them are now available online.
The Louvre database contains works from the Louvre itself and Musee National Eugene-Delacroix. There are many sculptures from the Tuileries and Carrousel gardens as well, the statement said.
Amid the pandemic, the museum remains closed due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in France. Despite this physical obstacle, the Louvre decided that retire its database should be available to the public free of charge on a newly launched platform. Visiting collections.louvre.fr, anyone is able to enjoy the art.
Of the 482,000 items in the collection, more than three quarters have already been labelled with information and pictures, said the museum’s director Jean-Luc Martinez who said that the Louvre has nothing to hide, and the reputational risk is enormous.
“When the next generations want to know where these collections came from, how do we react? By doing the historical work and establishing the facts,” Martinez added proudly.