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The Department of Paintings research center was established in 1936 as a place for the conservation and consultation of research and studies on the Louvre's paintings: publications, notes, manuscripts, photographs, etc.

Over the years, the documentation based on the department's 12,000 artworks (approximately 610,000 documents in 2014) was enriched with extensive holdings on ancient paintings from the Middle Ages to the mid-19th century and specialized resources on the history and donors of the department (collectors, dealers, philanthropists), art historians, and topography (approximately 2,505,800 documents in 2014). It thus earned an international reputation that has made it a vital research center for the study of ancient painting.

Researchers also have free access to catalogues of paintings that date to the museum's inception, standard references (dictionaries, salon catalogues, etc.), recent catalogues of exhibitions organized by the Department of Paintings, as well as catalogues of exhibitions featuring paintings on loan from the department.

These holdings were enriched with a vast collection of French and foreign sales catalogues from the 19th century to the present.

Practical information


Flora wing, Porte des Lions entrance, 2nd floor

Open to cultural professionals, specialized art historians, and students in at least their 4th year of higher education, on presentation of a valid ID.
Undergraduate students must receive authorization by email: aude.gobet@louvre.fr.

Opening hours
Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
From Tuesday to Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.