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The new galleries of the Department of Islamic Art opened to the public on September 22, 2012. Some 3,000 objects are on display, spanning 1,300 years of history and three continents, from Spain to Southeast Asia.

Further information about the opening of the new galleries

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Department of Islamic Art
180 rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris

Director of the Department: Sophie Makariou
Deputy Director: Gwenaëlle Fellinger
Secretariat: Rachel de Souza, secretariat-dai@louvre.fr


Research for the collections is conducted by the department’s curators and a team of scientific consultants. Fields of study are broken down by the nature of the collections, geographically and chronologically.

  • Sophie Makariou, Head Curator – Arab world 13th-15th; book art
  • Gwenaëlle Fellinger, Curator – Iranian world 15th-19th; textiles
  • Adil Boulghallat, Scientific Consultant – Verification, preventive conservation, Morroco
  • Annabelle Collinet, Scientific Consultant – Metal; Iran and surrounding areas 4th–7th
  • Claire Delery, Scientific Consultant – Ceramography Spain – Maghreb 10th-15th
  • Carine Juvin, Scientific Consultant – Arab world 10th-13th
  • Charlotte Maury, Scientific Consultant – Ottoman collections and book art
  • Delphine Miroudot, Scientific Consultant – Iranian collections 7th-15th
  • Rocco Rante, Scientific Consultant , Archeologist – Islamic/Oriental world late 7th-11th.


The documentation service’s holdings are primarily based on the department’s works: records of artworks, photo archives, etc.

It also adds to the library and updates reference material on Islamic art.

  • Marie Fradet, Head of Documentation
  • Hélène Bendejacq, Scientific Documentalist – Photo archive management
  • Rosène Declementi, Scientific Documentalist
  • Carlos Fernandes, Librarian
  • Nadège Picotin, Scientific Documentalist

Reception and appointments:
Carlos Fernandes, carlos.fernandes@louvre.fr

Art registrar

The registrar’s office oversees handling of the department’s artworks regardless of the destination (internal or external transfer) or purpose (restoration, analysis, loan, etc.).

  • Isabelle Luche, Registrar

Administration, finances

The Head of Administration and Finance, with the help of the Financial Officer, sees to the proper administrative and financial management of the department, as well as the smooth running of its technical and logistic operations.

  • Frédéric Le Gallou, Head of Administration and Finance
  • Karine Paulus, Financial Officer

Discover the new exhibition spaces

The Department of Islamic Art is the newest department in the Musée du Louvre.

Created in 2003, its refurbishment had been underway since 2008. It reopened on September 22, 2012 in a completely new, restyled setting, which provides its collections with a space befitting their prominence within the museum.

The dedicated mini-site invites you to take a look behind the scenes of this incredible project.


Practical information

The Louvre is open every day (except Tuesday) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Night opening until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays
Closed on the following holidays: January 1, May 1, December 25
Musée du Louvre, 75058 Paris - France
Métro: Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre (lines 1 and 7)
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 20 53 17

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