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Collections & departments Department of Sculptures

The rooms devoted to "modern" sculpture, opened in 1824, gradually became the Department of Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern Sculpture. Separate collections were founded in 1848 for antiquities and in 1893 for objets d'art.

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Our specialist curators are responsible for sub-sections of the collections as follows

Sophie Jugie, Director of the Department

• Byzantium and French Middle Ages: Pierre‐Yves le Pogam
• Italy, 13th–16th centuries: Marc Bormand
• France and Northern Europe,15th–16th centuries: Sophie Jugie
• Europe, 17th century: Valérie Carpentier
• Europe, 18th century: Guilhem Scherf
• Europe, 19th century: Stéphanie Deschamps-Tan


The Documentation Center's specialist holdings in sculpture from the Middle Ages to the 19th century are open to all visitors. They include:

- 6,500 artwork files, one for each sculpture registered in the Louvre's inventories, covering works held by the museum or on long-term loan or permanent transfer to other museums;

- a wide range of general reference material on sculpture from the medieval period to the mid-19th century (by artists born prior to 1820), with 11,145 files on research issues in the field of sculpture (artists, cast-makers, founders, museums, and monuments that house sculptures);

- a collection of historical photographs;

- the department's own publications, such as catalogs, pamphlets, overviews, symposium proceedings, and periodical articles.

- A reference library giving access to dictionaries, salon catalogs, and works on the materials of sculpture and on iconography.

The Documentation Center's specialist staff are:

Laurence Brosse, Documentation Officer

• Middle Ages: Christine Vivet-Peclet christine.vivet-peclet@louvre.fr
• Italy, 13th–16th centuries: Olivier Guerin olivier.guerin@louvre.fr
• Northern Europe, 15th–16th centuries: Angèle Dequier angele.dequier@louvre.fr
• Europe, 17th century: Joëlle Ducré joelle.ducre@louvre.fr
• Europe, 18th century: Laurence Brosse laurence.brosse@louvre.fr
• Europe, 19th century: Béatrice Tupinier-Barrillon beatrice.tupinier@louvre.fr

The Registrar's Office

The Registrar's Office handles the logistical, material, administrative, and legal aspects of moving works from the collections, for example when they are loaned for exhibitions, moved to new sites, restored, or used to replace other works loaned for exhibitions. This office also oversees works on long-term loan to museums and government departments.

• Djamella Berri
• Mathilde Formosa
• Frederick Hadley


The administrative team ensures the department runs smoothly by dealing with all legal, financial, and HR issues and any other administrative matters.

• Alexandra Clauzel, Administrative and Financial Officer
• Fabrice Demonchy

Practical information

Study and research center of the department
101 rue de Rivoli, 5th floor
Tel: +33 (0)1 40 20 50 59
E-mail: sculptures@louvre.fr
Access: Métro Palais Royal

Free access by appointment only (valid ID required)
Subject to availability (up to 6 persons)
Loan conditions: no loans

Opening hours
Open to the public from Monday to Friday,
from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 a.m.
(Closed on public holidays)

Appointment calendar:
From December 21, 2015 to January 4, 2016
(Closed on public holidays)

Scheduled closure:
From Agust 1, 2015 to August 31, 2015