PRINT HEAD: Looking through the Louvres
PRINT BLURB: Among the world’s major museums open virtually – no crowds – are two with unique links, writes Maureen Marriner
Most of us know of the Louvre, the famous museum in Paris with the instantly recognisable glass pyramid at its entrance but there is another Louvre, nearly 7000km away in the United Arab Emirates, in Abu Dhabi.
Where Paris has its pyramid, Abu Dhabi has its roof, an amazing low dome of eight layers of overlapping metal pieces, weighing 7000 tonnes, that create nearly 8000 stars through which sunlight filters. The idea is to imitate the light falling through date fronds in an oasis.
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Of course, art lovers are temporarily unable to visit either – both museums are closed to the public for the foreseeable future while both nations battle the Covid-19 pandemic. But there are ways to visit virtually, easily achieved from the comfort of your lockdown bubble.
Although the Louvre Abu Dhabi doesn’t have a virtual tour per se, its app – available in the App Store or Google Play – allows you to explore the museum’s highlights, with audio guides explaining the history and stories behind a huge number of artworks and sculptures. Its website has a selection of special online-only content, with video, audio and downloadable activities, which will be updated every few days while the musuem is closed.
The website of the Louvre Paris has four different virtual tours, taking you through the Petite Galerie, the Egyptian Antiquities exhibition, the Galerie d’Apollon, and into the bowels of the museum and its medieval moat foundations.
It’s not the same as visiting in person, of course, but while we remain in lockdown, it’s the next best thing.
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