All 480,000 artworks in the Louvre’s collection have now been uploaded to a free, searchable online archive.
With trips to Paris still on hold for many, the museum is taking the downtime and ‘dusting off its treasures’ – as President-Director Jean-Luc Martinez describes it – with the new digital database. As well as the artworks that everyone associates the gallery with, it will offer access to all the pieces the Louvre has stashed away in storage, or borrowed from other institutions.
The digital archive is accessible from computers, smartphones or tablets, and can be explored by category, specific artwork, or navigated via department. Those that prefer a bit of guidance can click through themed collections, including the gallery’s most recent acquisitions and the Louvre’s best-known masterpieces.
Armchair art enthusiasts can also explore the museum’s historic halls and experience its architecture with a virtual tour of its spaces.