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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 department and its research team

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

Late 18th- and 19th-century France / Large-scale painted décor: Sébastien Allard
16th-century Italy: Vincent Delieuvin
17th- and 18th-century Flanders and Holland: Blaise Ducos
18th-century France / Great Britain and the United States: Guillaume Faroult
Victor Lyon, Croÿ, and Beistegui collections / German, Austrian, and Swiss schools / 19th-century Dutch and Belgian schools / Scandinavian and Russian schools: Elisabeth Foucart-Walter
Spain, Portugal, and Latin America: Guillaume Kientz
17th- and 18th-century Italy: Stéphane Loire
17th-century France: Nicolas Milovanovic
Flanders / 15th- and 16th-century Holland / 16th-century France: Cécile Scailliérez
14th- and 15th-century France / 13th- to 15th-century Italy / Greek and Russian icons: Dominique Thiébaut

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 Department of Paintings research center 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, May 8, 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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