There is no need to remind us of what we miss about life before the coronavirus spread through the world. But still, we adapted: a lot of people are working from their homes, children go to online school, when we miss our friends and want to see their faces, we get on a video call. The world has gotten used to doing everything through a screen. Including visiting museums!

So many pieces of art and history are now collecting dust, sitting in the dark behind closed doors. But they don’t fulfill their purpose if they are not seen. That is why a lot of museums have updated their websites and made their collections available online. Including The Louvre, which recently announced that they are opening their online data base to the public. And now more than 482,000 works of art are available to anyone to look at any time from the comfort of their home for free.

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#1

The Interesting Student By Gérard, Marguerite (Around 1786)

The Interesting Student By Gérard, Marguerite (Around 1786)

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Phoebe Bean
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6 months ago

The four figures (plus dog) reflecting on the crystal ball makes this painting quite remarkable.

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The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world. In 2019, it was visited by 9.6 million people and even with the pandemic, which caused people to travel less, it still received 2.7 million visitors. Though the museum was closed for 6 months in 2020 and the number of visitors plummeted, its website louvre.fr, however, was visited 21 million times.

The managers of the website noticed this growth in online visitors and have been updating it. Now it is easier to use, divided into three sections, and optimized to be friendly to smartphone users.

#2

Monna Lisa By Leonardo Da Vinci (1503 - 1518)

Monna Lisa By Leonardo Da Vinci (1503 - 1518)

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Susan Green
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6 months ago

I’ve always wanted to visit and now I can!

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#3

Fossin Cup (And Its Cover Rfml.oa.2020.13.1.2) By Morel, Jean-Valentin; Fossin, Jean-Baptiste; Fossin, Jules (1843)

Fossin Cup (And Its Cover Rfml.oa.2020.13.1.2) By Morel, Jean-Valentin; Fossin, Jean-Baptiste; Fossin, Jules (1843)

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Phoebe Bean
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6 months ago

Beautiful!

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But the big project for which you will be even more excited is the collections.louvre.fr database, which contains 482,000 pieces from the museum. This database is designed both for art lovers and researchers, so depending on someone’s needs, there are more simple and more advanced search tools. Also, the database continues to grow and more pieces are added from the collection.

On the website, you can explore through categories, for example, paintings or sculptures, or you can choose to go through themed albums, like ‘Kings, Queens and Emperors.’ A fun and interesting feature is the interactive map of the museum where you can virtually explore separate rooms.

#4

Mummiform Funeral Servant With Hidden Hands, End Of The 12th Dynasty; Nymaâtrê Amenemhat III; Early 13th Dynasty (Attribution According To Style) (-1862 - -1757)

Mummiform Funeral Servant With Hidden Hands, End Of The 12th Dynasty; Nymaâtrê Amenemhat III; Early 13th Dynasty (Attribution According To Style) (-1862 - -1757)

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Phoebe Bean
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6 months ago

This piece is just 12 inches: https://collections.louvre.fr/en/ark:/53355/cl010002640

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#5

Akhem Bird Figurine; Statue Of Ptah-Sokar-Osiris, Basse Epoque (Attribution According To Style) (-664 - -332)

Akhem Bird Figurine; Statue Of Ptah-Sokar-Osiris, Basse Epoque (Attribution According To Style) (-664 - -332)

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Phoebe Bean
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6 months ago

The colors still showing, it must have been quite a sight centuries ago.

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#6

Dais De Charles VII: Two Angels Holding A Crown By Jacob De Littemont (1425 - 1450)

Dais De Charles VII: Two Angels Holding A Crown By Jacob De Littemont (1425 - 1450)

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Mary Peace
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6 months ago

That must be one heavy crown!

The almost half a million exhibits include works from the Louvre and the Musée National Eugène-Delacroix, sculptures from the Tuileries and Carrousel gardens, and ‘MNR’ works (Musées Nationaux Récupération, or National Museums Recovery). The latter works were found after World War II and they are stored temporarily until they can be returned to their true owners from which they were looted.

Also, the database includes pieces that not only are displayed in the museum, but that are on loan in other museums, or in storage. So you can access the whole collection that you wouldn’t even be able to see in real life just with a touch of your fingertip. And there is no catch—it is completely free! Plus, you don’t need to wait in line or try to get through the crowd to see the more famous paintings.

#7

Lion Known As "De Monzon"; Fountain Mouth, 12th Century; 13th Century, Spain

Lion Known As "De Monzon"; Fountain Mouth, 12th Century; 13th Century, Spain

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Aeon Flux
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6 months ago

Wow, look at the designs etched into his skin.

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#8

Statue, Basse Epoque (After Style) (-664 - -332)

Statue, Basse Epoque (After Style) (-664 - -332)

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52 Blue
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6 months ago

hjonk

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#9

Presumed Portrait Of The Artist Presenting That Of A Soldier By Le Brun, Charles (1640 - 1660)

Presumed Portrait Of The Artist Presenting That Of A Soldier By Le Brun, Charles (1640 - 1660)

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Anthony Goldstein (female)
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6 months ago

so this is a picture of a painting of a painting of a soldier?

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No doubt, the most famous art piece in the Louvre is Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. When the museum was open, this painting was always surrounded by a crowd. But there are so many more to see. The second most visited work is the statue Venus de Milo, which attracts with its mystery. The Louvre holds the Death Of The Virgin by Caravaggio, another of da Vinci’s works, The Virgin Of The Rock, the famous Liberty Leading The People by Eugène Delacroix, and many more. Now, when the whole collection is public and can be seen for free, it’s a splendid opportunity to discover new or rediscover old treasures.

#10

3 Row Necklace; Spherical Pearl; Fusiform Pearl; Club Pearl, End Of The 18th Dynasty; New Kingdom (Attribution According To Style) (-1550 - -1069)

3 Row Necklace; Spherical Pearl; Fusiform Pearl; Club Pearl, End Of The 18th Dynasty; New Kingdom (Attribution According To Style) (-1550 - -1069)

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Luna
Community Member
6 months ago

Imagine finding this in your attic, wearing it around, then finding out it’s thousands of years old and a priceless work of art

#11

Pendant, Unknown

Pendant, Unknown

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Mary Peace
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6 months ago

I like this, is it only me?

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#12

Portrait Of Fath Ali Shah By Mihr Ali Painter (1800 - 1806)

Portrait Of Fath Ali Shah By Mihr Ali Painter (1800 - 1806)

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Andrew Gibb
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6 months ago

I have beard envy

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Sadly, the physical Louvre is still closed due to the measures the French government took to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the opening date is unknown. The majority of museums around the world are closed and around 6 percent have had to close permanently because they couldn’t survive financially. Even though this project of putting the collection online won’t bring money to the Louvre, it will feed people’s souls, because that’s what we need right now.

#13

Plate: Emperor Vitellius On Horseback By Limosin, Jean Emailleur, (Around 1620)

Plate: Emperor Vitellius On Horseback By Limosin, Jean Emailleur, (Around 1620)

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Mary Peace
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6 months ago

I like this. And why shouldn't a horse be blue?

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#14

Hyacinthe Collin De Vermont, Painter By Roslin, Alexandre (1753)

Hyacinthe Collin De Vermont, Painter By Roslin, Alexandre (1753)

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Phoebe Bean
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6 months ago

Magnifique!

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#15

Interview Of Napoleon I And Queen Louise Of Prussia In Tilsitt, July 6, 1807 By Berthon, René Théodore (1810)

Interview Of Napoleon I And Queen Louise Of Prussia In Tilsitt, July 6, 1807 By Berthon, René Théodore (1810)

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#16

Polygonal Pearl, Roman Period (-30 - 395), Middle East

Polygonal Pearl, Roman Period (-30 - 395), Middle East

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Mary Peace
Community Member
6 months ago

I like this. Wonder how big it is.

#17

Figurine, XXXth Dynasty; Low Period (Attribution According To Style) (-664 - -332)

Figurine, XXXth Dynasty; Low Period (Attribution According To Style) (-664 - -332)

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THOMAS TIGABOJ
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6 months ago

The NY Met has one. They think it's a shrew.

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#18

Basket; Basket Cover (The Cover May Not Belong To The Basket)

Basket; Basket Cover (The Cover May Not Belong To The Basket)

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
6 months ago

baby Moses /Yoda* * delete as you wish

#19

Hanging, Byzantine Period (Attribution According To Style) (395 - 641), Egypt

Hanging, Byzantine Period (Attribution According To Style) (395 - 641), Egypt

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Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
6 months ago

To think how little is left from this empire.

#20

Weaving Exercise, Byzantine Period (395 - 641)

Weaving Exercise, Byzantine Period (395 - 641)

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Mary Peace
Community Member
6 months ago

So they are 'samplers'.

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#21

Portrait Of The Artist And His Brother Achilles By Devéria, Eugène (1836)

Portrait Of The Artist And His Brother Achilles By Devéria, Eugène (1836)

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
6 months ago

Both painters.

#22

Mummiform Funeral Servant, New Empire (Attribution According To Style) (-1550 - -1069)

Mummiform Funeral Servant, New Empire (Attribution According To Style) (-1550 - -1069)

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Arenite
Community Member
6 months ago

I wonder what the hieroglyphs say.

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#23

Textile Decor, Byzantine Period (Attribution According To Style) (395 - 641), East Bank Of Middle Egypt

Textile Decor, Byzantine Period (Attribution According To Style) (395 - 641), East Bank Of Middle Egypt

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Marilyn Holt
Community Member
6 months ago

beautiful designs

#24

Shawl; Hanging, Byzantine Period (Attribution According To Style) (395 - 641)

Shawl; Hanging, Byzantine Period (Attribution According To Style) (395 - 641)

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
6 months ago

Lovely floral design!

#25

Rectangular Chest; Zippered Lid Cabinet, Hatchepsout; Thutmosis III (Excavation Context) (-1479 - -1425)

Rectangular Chest; Zippered Lid Cabinet, Hatchepsout; Thutmosis III (Excavation Context) (-1479 - -1425)

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Mary Peace
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6 months ago

That's a 'zippered lid', is it?

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Rectangular Chest; Zippered Lid Cabinet, Noubkaourê Amenemhat II (Inscription/Dedication/Signature) (-1901 - -1866)

Rectangular Chest; Zippered Lid Cabinet, Noubkaourê Amenemhat II (Inscription/Dedication/Signature) (-1901 - -1866)

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Hannah Edwards
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh, I see now that a zippered lid means it slides on and off.

#27

Reception Of The Duke Of Anjou By The Patriarch Of Venice At San Nicola Di Lido, July 18, 1564 By Michieli, Andrea (1564 - 1600)

Reception Of The Duke Of Anjou By The Patriarch Of Venice At San Nicola Di Lido, July 18, 1564 By Michieli, Andrea (1564 - 1600)

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Marilyn Holt
Community Member
6 months ago

One has to wonder how this could be painted. From memory by the artist? I mean, he couldn't take a snapshot and then go home and paint it. The detail is marvelous.

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#28

Textile Decor, Byzantine Period (Attribution According To Style) (395 - 641), Egypt

Textile Decor, Byzantine Period (Attribution According To Style) (395 - 641), Egypt

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#29

Chest, Byzantine Period (395 - 641)

Chest, Byzantine Period (395 - 641)

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Stille20
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6 months ago

This one needs more context

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Textile Decor, Byzantine Period (Attribution According To Style) (395 - 641), Egypt

Textile Decor, Byzantine Period (Attribution According To Style) (395 - 641), Egypt

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