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The Department of Paintings reflects the encyclopedic scope of the Louvre, encompassing every European school from the 13th century to 1848. The collection is overseen by twelve curators, who are among the most renowned experts in their field.

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The collection and its research staff

The collections are overseen by thirteen highly specialized curators. In most cases, they are responsible for the area of the collection that corresponds to their field of research:

  •  England / North America: Guillaume Faroult
  •  Germany / Austria / Switzerland: Elisabeth Foucart-Walter
  •  19th-century Dutch and Belgian schools: Elisabeth Foucart-Walter
  •  Scandinavian schools: Elisabeth Foucart-Walter
  •  Spain / South America: Guillaume Kientz
  •  15th–16th-century Flanders / Holland: Cécile Scaillierez
  •  17th–18th-century Flanders / Holland: Blaise Ducos
  •  14th–15th-century France: Dominique Thiébaut
  •  16th-century France: Cécile Scaillierez
  •  17th-century France: Sylvain Laveissière
  •  18th-century France: Marie-Catherine Sahut
  •  Late 18th– early 19th-century France: Sylvain Laveissière
  •  19th-century France: Sébastien Allard
  •  19th-century France: Vincent Pomarède
  •  13th–15th-century Italy: Dominique Thiébaut
  •  16th-century Italy, outside Venice: Vincent Delieuvin
  •  16th-century Italy, Venice: Jean Habert
  •  17th–18th-century Italy: Stéphane Loire
  •  Antique frame collection: Marie-Catherine Sahut

Accessible to cultural professionals, specialized art historians, and students in at least their 4th year of higher education on the recommendation of a professor, the Research and Documentation Division of the Department of Paintings is open Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday to Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Access via the Porte des Lions entrance, on presentation of a valid ID.

The center boasts 12,000 artwork files corresponding to each of the paintings registered in the inventory of paintings at the Musée du Louvre since the Second Empire, as well as a wide range of general reference materials on painting from the Middle Ages to the mid-19th century (the Musée d’Orsay has comparable resources for artists born from 1820 onward).


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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