One of the must-visit tourist spots in Paris, France, is the Louvre Museum— and deservingly so, because it is not just the biggest art museum in the world, it also houses the famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci.
In 2019 alone, the museum got over 9.6 million visitors, and is ranked as the number one museum globally. But with the pandemic, quarantine, and travel bans, visits to the Louvre are currently put to a halt, and tourists haven’t been able to marvel at the beauty and glory of the artworks displayed at the museum.
Lucky for us, a year after the pandemic started, the Louvre Museum finally made their entire 482,000-piece art collection available online! (Read: 5 Pieces That Will Take Your Breath Away at the Musée du Louvre)
“For the first time, anyone can access the entire collection of works from a computer or smartphone for free, whether they are on display in the museum, on loan, even long-term, or in storage,” says Jean-Luc Martinez, president and director of the Louvre.
But aside from the Mona Lisa, what paintings, sculptures, objects, and other artworks does the Louvre Museum have? Here are three pieces from their thousands that might just leave you in awe!
Louvre Online Collection: The Kiss of Judas and the Arrest of Christ
The Kiss of Judas and the Arrest of Christ is a painting by the Master of Dreux Budé (an unknown painter) that depicts the betrayal of Christ. In the Bible, this is where it was said that Judas pointed and identified who Jesus Christ was, which led to His arrest and later on, crucifixion. Before the arrest was made, Judas gave Jesus a kiss in the Garden of Gethsemane right after the Last Supper.
Louvre Online Collection: Papyrus from the Byzantine Period
Papyrus is a thick paper-like material used in Ancient Egypt where people would write their hieroglyphs in order to relay messages. This papyrus had Arabic words and symbols on it, but was discovered in Baouit, an archaeological site in Egypt. It is thought to have been written during the Byzantine Period, which was around 395-641 AD.
Louvre Online Collection: Rider Harpocrates
Harpocrates was the god of silence, secrets, and confidentiality during the Ptolemaic Alexandria period of the Hellenistic religion. The sculpture of him at the Louvre depicts him with his finger to his mouth, reminiscent of the way we tell people to keep quiet nowadays. But the fact is, this gesture was a symbol of childhood in Egypt, but Greeks mistook it as a symbol for hushing others.
You may view the entire Louvre Museum collection here.