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WOW! What a website. The Louvre website underscores what I have been learning that the real information and entertainment is not only on what we first see when we open a site. By the way, this first view is called the “home page“.

Inside the Musee du Louvre

Inside the Musee du Louvre (Photo credit: edwin.11)

There is so much in this website. It can satisfy everyone from a casual viewer to a dedicated art historian. Let’s get going again. 

Open the site.


See Learning about Art in small white letters above the picture and to the right. Click. Now this time click on Mini-sites Here we find 18 thematic mini-sites, which were designed to go with exhibitions and special events at the Louvre. They serve as an introduction to the main themes in the history of art and archaeology. In the Kingdom of Alexander, the Great Let’s explore In the Kingdom of Alexander, the Great. Move your cursor over the text and click. A color page will open in a new tab. again click of the words In the Kingdom of Alexander, the Great. You are now into the core. What we want to see is under Exhibition. Click Here are nine topics that are similarly structured. However they are not as easily organized as yesterday’s Closer Look.

If you have trouble figuring out how to close a particular “page” —as I did—look on the tab part of you computer screen to see if it is there.

On this part of the site, you can use the wheel on your mouse (without holding down the Ctrl key) to increase the size of the image to see the details more clearly.

On the upper right just under the turquoise colored header, there is a tanner rectangular box  You can put the cursor on it to move the text down. To see a full image of the art on the lower left, just click. It does take a while to load.

When you are done, go up and close the tab on your computer.

The Other Mini-sites. Each of the sites in this section is structures differently. To look at more of them, I suggest that you go down to the items on page and set it at 15 so that you can more easily see the topics.

You can move your cursor  over the page to see what will open up and give you more information.

English: A vector hand cursor and cursor.

Yes, even more

Now let’s go look at the astonishing Collection.  On the open tab on your computer, go back to the home page by either using the symbol as shown in the larger circle below or the regular way by using the arrow as shown in the smaller circle.

At the home page, click on Collection.

Here you are.

  • Selected Works: Organized in 29 thematic selections of artworks from the Louvre collection, each with about 20 items.

From The Art of Portraiture
“How has the art of portraiture evolved over the years? Explore portraiture through the ages with sculptures and paintings of emblematic figures such as Caesar and Napoleon, or simply private individuals.”

  • Search the Collection:  Gives you access to 7 professional databases from not only the Louvre collection but also from other area museums.
  • Online Tours: Take three virtual tours of  the museum’s exhibition rooms and galleries as if you are in the Louvre.
  • History of the Louvre:  Presents the history of the architectural metamorphoses of the Louvre from the Middle Ages to the sumptuous palace of the Sun King, Louis XIV to the beginning of the museum in 1793 to the present day expansion and development of the Louvre.

Philippe Auguste’s fortress of 1190

To see the rest of the site you can use the Page Down key (to the left of the “7” key) or use the wheel.  You can use your cursor to wander around the various offerings to see what we have missed.
English: crowd around Mona Lisa in Louvre

English: crowd around Mona Lisa in Louvre (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Online Gift Shop
You have avoided the crowds; however, we can still make a stop at the online gift shop, which represents the offerings of several French museums.
Now that is a whole day in itself.