The French Louvre Museum has launched a new database through which the public can freely access all works in its collections, both exhibited and not displayed, online, with annotations posted on three quarters of them.
The museum’s president and director, Jean-Luc Martinez, said, in a hypothetical conference, that “this step, which has been prepared for years, aims to serve the general public as well as the public of researchers,” considering that enabling them to access the museum’s contents is “at the core of its mission”. The new site includes so far more than 482,000 photographic records, or about three-quarters of the collections, and replaces the old database “Atlas” for data whose scope was limited to the works presented. The platform includes the Delacroix Museum (belonging to the Louvre), the sculptures of the Tuileries Palace, and artworks restored from Germany since 1945 that were entrusted to the Louvre, awaiting return to their owners.
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