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Dedicated to sculpture from the Middle Ages to the mid-19th century, the research center for the Department of Sculptures at the Musée du Louvre is open to the general public. In addition to information on the museum's artworks, it houses unique general documentation on sculpture, making it a place of reference in Europe.

Available resources

Specific documentation composed of 6,500 artwork files, one for each of the sculptures listed in the Musée du Louvre inventory (artworks kept at the museum and artworks on loan or transfer).
General documentation on sculpture from the Middle Ages to the mid-19th century, nearly 12,000 files covering all of the issues surrounding the study of sculpture:
- files on artists, casters, and founders
- iconographic and topographic files
- photographic prints of the department's artworks done by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais, as well as a collection of old photographs
- the department’s own publications, such as catalogues, pamphlets, overviews, symposium proceedings, and periodical articles
- a reference library giving access to dictionaries, salon catalogues, and works on the materials of sculpture and on iconography
- databases

Comparable resources on artists born after 1820 are available at the Musée d’Orsay.


Head of center: Laurence Brosse
Middle Ages: Christine Vivet-Peclet (christine.vivet-peclet@louvre.fr)
13th- to 16th-century Italy: Olivier Guerin (olivier.guerin@louvre.fr)
15th- and 16th-century Northern Europe: Angèle Dequier (angele.dequier@louvre.fr)
17th-century Europe: Joëlle Ducré (joelle.ducre@louvre.fr)
18th-century Europe: Laurence Brosse (laurence.brosse@louvre.fr)
19th-century Europe: Béatrice Tupinier-Barrillon (beatrice.tupinier@louvre.fr)
Sculptures in the gardens: Emmanuelle Heran (emmanuelle.heran@louvre.fr)

Practical information


101, rue de Rivoli, 5th floor
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 20 50 59
E-mail: sculptures@louvre.fr
Métro: Palais Royal Musée du Louvre (lines 1 and 7)

Free access, proof of identity required
Subject to availability (up to 6 persons)
Center materials cannot be borrowed

Opening hours
From Monday to Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.