What if we told you that you could view over 480,000 works entirely for free? Well, the Louvre in Paris has just launched a digital archive of its entire collection which allows you to view it for free online!
That’s right, 482,000 works have been uploaded to the museum’s virtual database – meaning anyone from a scholar to an art enthusiast can browse all genres, which include; painting, sculptures, and furniture.
Also, everything is organised according to the artist, time period, and curatorial department if you’re looking for anything specific…
You can access the database with a computer, tablet, or smartphone, and it even includes an interactive map, so that virtual visitors can explore the Louvre room-by-room, as well as several languages (don’t worry, that includes English).
In a statement, the President-Director of the Louvre, Jean-Luc Martinez said, ‘Today, the Louvre is dusting off its treasures, even the least-known. For the first time, anyone can access the entire collection of works from a computer or smartphone for free…’
Discover the exhibition "Albrecht Altdorfer, a German Renaissance Master"! ✨
— Musée du Louvre (@MuseeLouvre) March 28, 2021
Honestly, this a great feature, given that none of us can really make it to a museum right now – oh, and you don’t have to interact with anyone! Genius.