Mark Twain is smiling in Woodlawn Cemetery right now: for the first time ever, the Louvre has gone digital. All of the Louvre’s art—over 482,000 pieces—can now be viewed online through the site collections.louvre.fr, even the work not currently on display in the physical museum.
Viewers can navigate the collections via simple and advanced searches; entries by curatorial department; and themed albums. They can also explore the museum room by room using an interactive map.
“For the first time, anyone can access the entire collection of works from a computer or smartphone for free, whether they are on display in the museum, on loan, even long-term, or in storage,” said Jean-Luc Martinez, President-Director of the Louvre, in a press release. “I am sure that this digital content is going to further inspire people to come to the Louvre to discover the collections in person.”