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    A Closer Look

    Our "Closer Look" interactive multimedia modules allow you to see the details of an artwork through a magnifying glass, while commentaries and animations give you its historical and artistic background.

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    Vignette Portrait de la marquise de Pompadour

    Portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour


    This new interactive module is devoted to the Portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour by Maurice-Quentin de La Tour. This remarkable pastel was drawn by the artist at the height of his fame. It depicts King Louis XV’s mistress as a woman of wit and learning, surrounded by objects that evoke her era, tastes and lifestyle, which are described and brought to life with animations and comparable images. In addition, two short documentaries help you understand how pastels are made and used.

    La Victoire de Samothrace - Vignette

    A closer look at the Winged Victory of Samothrace

    Rediscover a Hellenistic masterpiece in the company of documentary researcher Marianne Hamiaux and curator Ludovic Laugier from the Department of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities. After its year-long conservation treatment, the Winged Victory of Samothrace is the subject of the latest issue in the Focus series, designed to shed new light on this extraordinary monument, which can now be viewed in 3D.

    La Joconde - Vignette

    A closer look at the Mona Lisa

    The “Closer Look” module has been revamped and is now called “Focus.” The first feature in this new series concerns the world’s most famous painting—discover it on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Listen to explanations by Vincent Delieuvin, the curator in charge of 16th-century Italian painting, and use new digital tools that will show you the painting as it’s never been seen before!

    N.B. This new module is optimized for the latest browsers (from Internet Explorer 10, Mozilla/Firefox 26, Safari 7, and Chrome 32).

    Psyché ranimée par le baiser de l'Amour - Vignette

    A closer look at Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss

    In the Michelangelo Gallery at the Louvre, the visitors crowd around this idyllic image of a loving couple: a winged man and a swooning woman in a voluptuous embrace, their lips about to join in a kiss. Who are these beings whom eighteenth-century sculptor Canova chose to immortalize in marble? This multimedia feature invites you to take a closer look at this masterful composition as you listen to the story of Psyche and admire Canova’s virtuoso treatment of the marble.

    Le Scribe accroupi - Vignette

    A closer look at the Seated Scribe

    Painted in bright colors and gazing expressively at the visitor, the Seated Scribe is one of the most famous statues in the Department of Egyptian Antiquities. Egyptologists think it is probably the portrait of a high-ranking Egyptian official living at the time of the great pyramids, yet its date and the exact identity of the model still remain a mystery. Find out more through this interactive multimedia study.

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    In line with the measures taken by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Musée du Louvre and Musée National Eugène Delacroix are closed up until Tuesday December 1, 2020.
    All those who have purchased a ticket for this period will automatically receive a refund—no action is required.
    Thank you for your understanding.

    The Tuileries and Carrousel gardens remain open.


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