(CNN) – There’s nothing quite like spending a rainy afternoon in a museum, soaking up the beauty and wonder of art and history. Now the Louvre, the most visited museum in the world, lets you do it from home.
Art lovers and researchers will now be able to consult the entire Louvre collection online to free.
The website features works of art from the collections of the museum’s eight departments, ranging from Islamic art and Renaissance sculptures to Egyptian antiquities and paintings by artists from around the world.
“Today, the Louvre is dusting off its treasures, even the lesser-known ones,” Jean-Luc Martinez, president and director of the Louvre, said in a statement. “For the first time, everyone can access the entire collection of works free of charge from a computer or smartphone, whether they are on display at the museum, on loan, even long-term, or on deposit.
“The magnificent cultural heritage of the Louvre is now just a click away!” he added. “I’m sure this digital content will further entice people to come to the Louvre to experience the collections in person.”
Visitors can browse the museum’s vast collections through simple or advanced searches, entries by curatorial department or thematic albums, according to the statement.
The website has a interactive map which allows visitors to explore the museum and each of its works piece by piece.
The website will be updated regularly by museum experts as the museum’s collection slowly grows, according to the statement.
Containment restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic closed the Louvre end of October, leaving world-famous works of art like “Venus de Milo”, “Liberty Leading the People” and “Mona Lisa” without their usual crowd of admirers.
While the museum is still closed to visitors, the Louvre is now undergoing long-planned renovations.
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