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Before we start exploring the Louvre Museum website, which at times has some quite small print, I think it will be helpful to look at more ways to enlarge print on you computer, which is called zooming.

Changing size of computer print: Zooming

I use a PC and an Ipad.

For a PC

    • Move the mouse to the area of the website and click. Then, hold down the control key (Ctrl on the lowest left, next to the start key) and rotate the wheel on your mouse.

Or, you can also

    • Hold down the control key and use either the – or + keys on the extreme right of you keyboard.

For an Ipad

There are two methods, depending on the website

    • Tap the screen twice.

Or, you can also

    • The “pinching method”. Touch the screen with your thumb and adjacent fingerpinch out and in. (developer.apple.com/library)

Pinching on the Ipad

For a Mac

I don’t yet use a Mac product so to be sure of how to zoom I searched the web and found these instructions from Ehow.com

To Turn On Zoom

    • Click on the Apple icon in the upper-left corner of your Mac’s screen.
    • Click “Preferences.”
    • Click on the Universal Access option. This is unlabeled, but represented with an icon featuring a white and blue arrow circling together.
    • Click the “Seeing” tab.
    • Click “Turn on Zoom.” If this option is already selected, leave it as is.
    • Close the window.

Use Zoom

  • Press and hold the “Option” key.
  • Press and hold the “Command” key. This key is sometimes referred to as the “Apple” key, because on many Macintosh models it features an Apple logo.
  • Press the “=” key to zoom in and the “-” key to zoom out.

You can find more information http://www.ehow.com/how_5219425_zoom-mac.html.

Let’s Go: The Louvre Museum

Main entrance is now the glass pyramid.

Here we go off to Paris and the Louvre Museum, deemed the best art museum in the world.


Put your cursor on the red,right click and  open link in a new tab.  (Tabs are located at the top of your screen.  They look like tabs on a file folder.)

At first glance this site appears to be only about visiting the museum; however, there is so much, much more.  As in visiting the museum itself, we cannot finish this virtual visit at one time.

If you ever get lost in the site, look at the very small white symbol of the glass pyramid, usually on the upper, left corner of a frame. Click and you will be returned to the home page.

Now, let’s go to some of the most impressive parts of this site: LEARNING ABOUT ART, right hand corner, click. Now, A Closer Look, click.

Here we find 13 interactive multimedia that show the details of an artwork and gives you its historical and artistic background.

First is Mona Lisa. Click on View the feature —–

First comes a video—The support— describing the physical description of the materials.

To see a larger image, click right and open in a new tab,

In the middle box on the right, above the text are all kinds of tools. Move the cursor over each small box.

Starting on the upper left corner, you will find a historical timeline, a scale of the painting in relationship to the size of a person, a glossary and a bibliography. You can get very close up to the front  and the back of the painting.

Next, in the box on the left, click A figure in space. In the box on the right, we again have opportunities for more detailed study. Notice when a small white box with a white arrow opens on the painting, you can click and get more information.

Continue exploring this vast amount of information, presented in the clearest manner. I learned much more from this site than in my art history classes.

This same amount of detail, the the same format, is available for the 12 other treasures including.

Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss

an ebony cabinet

When you are done with this section, you can just close this tab.

THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO THIS SITE. We will explore more next blog.