The Louvre Makes More Than 482,000 Of Their Artworks Available Online For Free (64 Pics)

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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Monna Lisa By Leonardo Da Vinci (1503 – 1518)

Monna Lisa By Leonardo Da Vinci (1503 - 1518)

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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 

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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Subject Taken From Cromwell’s Story By Hippolyte Bruyères (1832)

Subject Taken From Cromwell's Story By Hippolyte Bruyères (1832)

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But the big project for which you will be even more excited is the collections.louvre.frdatabase, 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 

The Interesting Student By Gérard, Marguerite (Around 1786)

The Interesting Student By Gérard, Marguerite (Around 1786)

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

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

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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 

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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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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The Queens Of Persia At The Feet Of Alexander/The Tent Of Darius By Le Brun, Charles (1661)

The Queens Of Persia At The Feet Of Alexander/The Tent Of Darius By Le Brun, Charles (1661)

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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 

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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Louis XVIII Witnesses The Return Of The Spanish Army From The Tuileries, December 2, 1823 By Ducis, Louis (1823 – 1824)

Louis XVIII Witnesses The Return Of The Spanish Army From The Tuileries, December 2, 1823 By Ducis, Louis (1823 - 1824)

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Marie-Louise Of Austria, Empress Of The French (1791-1847) By Lefèvre, Robert (1812 – 1814)

Marie-Louise Of Austria, Empress Of The French (1791-1847) By Lefèvre, Robert (1812 - 1814)

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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 

Interview Between Napoleon I And Francis II Of Austria, December 4, 1805 By Prud’hon, Pierre-Paul (1809)

Interview Between Napoleon I And Francis II Of Austria, December 4, 1805 By Prud'hon, Pierre-Paul (1809)

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Bayard Defends A Bridge Over The Garigliano, 1505 By Philippoteaux, Félix (1839)

Bayard Defends A Bridge Over The Garigliano, 1505 By Philippoteaux, Félix (1839)

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

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

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Georges Cadoudal By Coutan, Amable Paul (1827)

Georges Cadoudal By Coutan, Amable Paul (1827)

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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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Figurine, Basse Epoque (Attribution According To Style) (-664 – -332)

Figurine, Basse Epoque (Attribution According To Style) (-664 - -332)

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

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

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Figurine, Roman Period (Attribution According To Style) (-30 – 395)

Figurine, Roman Period (Attribution According To Style) (-30 - 395)

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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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Cube Statue, 17th Dynasty (Attribution According To Style) (-1630 – -1550)

Cube Statue, 17th Dynasty (Attribution According To Style) (-1630 - -1550)

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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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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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Chest, Byzantine Period (395 – 641)

Chest, Byzantine Period (395 - 641)

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Piece Of Furniture; Applied, Caliphate Rashidun; Umayyads; Abbasids (641 – 800)

Piece Of Furniture; Applied, Caliphate Rashidun; Umayyads; Abbasids (641 - 800)

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Decorative Elements; Piece Of Furniture; Box ; Applied, Roman Period (300 – 399)

Decorative Elements; Piece Of Furniture; Box ; Applied, Roman Period (300 - 399)

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Wafer; Piece Of Furniture; Wall Mounted Cabinet; Tabletterie; Inlay, Roman Period; Byzantine Period (300 – 499)

Wafer; Piece Of Furniture; Wall Mounted Cabinet; Tabletterie; Inlay, Roman Period; Byzantine Period (300 - 499)

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Piece Of Furniture; Veneer Rod, Byzantine Period (395 – 600)

Piece Of Furniture; Veneer Rod, Byzantine Period (395 - 600)

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Wafer; Piece Of Furniture; Box ; Applied, Bas Empire; Theodosians; Thracians (300 – 499)

Wafer; Piece Of Furniture; Box ; Applied, Bas Empire; Theodosians; Thracians (300 - 499)

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Basket (Interior Reinforced By A Frame (1 Metal Circle And A Rod))

Basket (Interior Reinforced By A Frame (1 Metal Circle And A Rod))

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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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Weaving Exercise, Byzantine Period (Attribution According To Style) (395 – 641), Egypt

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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Weaving Exercise, Byzantine Period (395 – 641)

Weaving Exercise, Byzantine Period (395 - 641)

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

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

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

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

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Pearl

Pearl

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Amulet, New Empire (After Style) (-1550 – -1069)

Amulet, New Empire (After Style) (-1550 - -1069)

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Scaraboid; Cauroid Pearl, Lower Egypt, Eastern Delta

Scaraboid; Cauroid Pearl, Lower Egypt, Eastern Delta

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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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Simple Single-Sided Oudjat Amulet, Lower Egypt, Eastern Delta

Simple Single-Sided Oudjat Amulet, Lower Egypt, Eastern Delta

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Scarab; Circled Kitten Ring, Ramses II (From Text) (-1279 – -1213)

Scarab; Circled Kitten Ring, Ramses II (From Text) (-1279 - -1213)

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Pendant, Unknown

Pendant, Unknown

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Cauroid Bead With String And Stops, Second Intermediate Period (According To Style) (-1786 – -1540)

Cauroid Bead With String And Stops, Second Intermediate Period (According To Style) (-1786 - -1540)

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Amulet; Applies; Inlay, Ptolemaic Period (Attribution According To Style) (-332 – -30)

Amulet; Applies; Inlay, Ptolemaic Period (Attribution According To Style) (-332 - -30)

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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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Portrait Of The Artist As A Hunter By Desportes, Alexandre-François (1699)

Portrait Of The Artist As A Hunter By Desportes, Alexandre-François (1699)

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Louis Xiv (1638-1715) By Rigaud, Hyacinthe (1701)

Louis Xiv (1638-1715) By Rigaud, Hyacinthe (1701)

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Portrait Of The Artist Holding A Thistle By Dürer, Albrecht (1493)

Portrait Of The Artist Holding A Thistle By Dürer, Albrecht (1493)

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Denis Diderot (1713-1784), Writer By Van Loo, Louis-Michel (1767)

Denis Diderot (1713-1784), Writer By Van Loo, Louis-Michel (1767)

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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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Fossin Cup Lid (Rfml.oa.2020.13.1.1) By Morel, Jean-Valentin; Fossin, Jean-Baptiste; Fossin, Jules (1843)

Fossin Cup Lid (Rfml.oa.2020.13.1.1) By Morel, Jean-Valentin; Fossin, Jean-Baptiste; Fossin, Jules (1843)

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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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Merovingian Ring From Herpes, In Cloisonne Goldsmith’s Work By Anonymous (Around 480 – 630)

Merovingian Ring From Herpes, In Cloisonne Goldsmith's Work By Anonymous (Around 480 - 630)

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