A Closer Look
Our "Closer Look" interactive multimedia modules allow you to see the details of an artwork through a magnifying glass, while commentaries and animations give you its historical and artistic background.
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- A Closer Look
A closer look at a Romanesque Virgin
The "Enthroned Virgin" acquired by the Louvre in 1894 is one of the most remarkable from the center of France. After restoration work in 2005, the sculpture has recovered its original colors - which can be admired in this special file.
A closer look at The Virgin and Child with Chancellor Rolin
The only painting by Van Eyck in the Louvre's collection, the Virgin and Child with Chancellor Rolin, reflects the reality of 15th century Flemish society which allied, with no apparent sense of contradiction, a marked taste for opulence to a highly spiritual life. This multimedia study allows you to enjoy the wealth of detail with which Van Eyck portrayed the rich Nicolas Rolin. A glossary explains in further detail some of the concepts referred to in the study.
A closer look at an ebony cabinet
The ebony cabinet in the Musée du Louvre is one of the most beautiful and luxurious examples of the production of the Parisian "joiners in ebony" – the so-called "ebonists" – in the first half of the 17th century. This multimedia study invites you to discover the luxuriant decoration and lavishly colored elements behind the dark, somewhat austere facade of the cabinet.
A closer look at Louis-François Bertin
In his portrait by Ingres, Monsieur Bertin, the founder of the newspaper Journal des Débats, embodies the thriving bourgeoisie of the 1830s. It took Ingres a lot of time and effort to find a pose which would convey a sense of power adequate to the press magnate.
A closer look at Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss
In the Michelangelo Gallery at the Louvre, the visitors crowd around this idyllic image of a loving couple: a winged man and a swooning woman in a voluptuous embrace, their lips about to join in a kiss. Who are these beings whom eighteenth-century sculptor Canova chose to immortalize in marble? This multimedia feature invites you to take a closer look at this masterful composition as you listen to the story of Psyche and admire Canova’s virtuoso treatment of the marble.
A closer look at the Code of Hammurabi
Learn about the most famous object from the history of the Ancient Near East, and through it, the political, social, and cultural history of the reign of Hammurabi, the ruler who turned Babylon into a powerful – and eternal – city.
A closer look at the Consecration of Napoleon
The full title of this enormous painting is "The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon and the Coronation of Empress Joséphine on December 2, 1804". On display in the Louvre's red galleries, it depicts a turning point in the history of France. Learn more about it in this multimedia exhibit.
A closer look at the Madonna of the Rabbit
Take a closer look at the Madonna of the Rabbit, a major work by Titian which was painted in the 16th century and is conserved at the Musée du Louvre. The commentary by Jean Habert, curator in the Department of Paintings at the Louvre and the principal contributor in this A Closer Look feature is read by an English actor.
A closer look at the Mona Lisa
Forget the clichés and look at the painting. In the early 16th century, Mona Lisa represented a turning point in the history of portraiture. Leonardo da Vinci linked the monumentality of a figure before a landscape with a virtuoso rendering of flesh tones. Discover the secret behind the smile...
A closer look at the Portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour
Take a closer look at one of the best known and most beautiful pastel drawings in the Louvre: the portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour by Maurice-Quentin Delatour. Let the mistress of Louis XV be your introduction to the Age of Enlightenment...
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