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
Portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour
This new interactive module is devoted to the Portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour by Maurice-Quentin de La Tour. This remarkable pastel was drawn by the artist at the height of his fame. It depicts King Louis XV’s mistress as a woman of wit and learning, surrounded by objects that evoke her era, tastes and lifestyle, which are described and brought to life with animations and comparable images. In addition, two short documentaries help you understand how pastels are made and used.
A closer look at the Winged Victory of Samothrace
Rediscover a Hellenistic masterpiece in the company of documentary researcher Marianne Hamiaux and curator Ludovic Laugier from the Department of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities. After its year-long conservation treatment, the Winged Victory of Samothrace is the subject of the latest issue in the Focus series, designed to shed new light on this extraordinary monument, which can now be viewed in 3D.
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 the Seated Scribe
Painted in bright colors and gazing expressively at the visitor, the Seated Scribe is one of the most famous statues in the Department of Egyptian Antiquities. Egyptologists think it is probably the portrait of a high-ranking Egyptian official living at the time of the great pyramids, yet its date and the exact identity of the model still remain a mystery. Find out more through this interactive multimedia study.
A closer look at the Mona Lisa
The “Closer Look” module has been revamped and is now called “Focus.” The first feature in this new series concerns the world’s most famous painting—discover it on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Listen to explanations by Vincent Delieuvin, the curator in charge of 16th-century Italian painting, and use new digital tools that will show you the painting as it’s never been seen before!
N.B. This new module is optimized for the latest browsers (from Internet Explorer 10, Mozilla/Firefox 26, Safari 7, and Chrome 32).
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 the Titeux Dancer
The Titeux Dancer displayed in the Louvre is a terracotta statuette made in ancient Greece, shortly before the celebrated figurines from Tanagra. Many female statuettes dating from the late 5th and early 4th centuries BC show a sensual treatment of the body, revealed through fine, transparent drapery.
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 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 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.
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