Like many businesses around the world, the Louvre in Paris, France, has been closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, they have been implementing virtual options that allow anyone with reliable internet access to visit the home of the famous Mona Lisa. Therefore, even though the Musee du Louvre and Musee National Eugene Delacroix remain closed “until further notice,” it is possible to enjoy them from the comfort of home. They have issued a notice that for anyone who has purchased a ticket for this period, a refund will automatically be issued.
Speaking of the well-known piece by Leonardo da Vinci, the Louvre now has a virtual reality app centered around the painting, Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass. The experience is unique and is based on knowledge obtained and compiled by Louis Frank and Vincent Delieuvin, the curators of the exhibition. The application is available on both the Apple app store and Google Play.
The link to both is provided at www.louvre.fr/en/what-s-on/life-at-the-museum/the-mona-lisa-in-virtual-reality-in-your-own-home.
In addition to the Mona Lisa Virtual Reality experience, the Louvre is also offering virtual tours. The available tours include The Advent of the Artist, Power Plays, Founding Myths: From Hercules to Darth Vadar and The Body in Movement. These are the first, second, third and fifth editions of the Petite Galerie.
There is also an extensive children’s section virtually available. There are multiple videos included for children to watch. Even though the videos are in French, most are equipped with English subtitles.
All of the tours and the entire children’s section are free to access. Simply go to www.louvre.fr/en/online-tours and click on the desired tour.
In addition to all of their virtual features, The Louvre announced a new acquisition for the Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities in March 2021. This new addition is a marble sculpture that represents the god Harpocrates. According to Greek mythology, Harpocrates was the God of silence and secrecy.