I love technology (that is, when it’s not freezing or dying or becoming obsolete). Thanks to technology we have the internet (and this blog!), GPS navigation, and the power to explore pieces of art at the Louvre without even leaving our desks (sacre bleu!).

The Louvre offers incredible, in-depth “tours” of paintings in its collection. The “Closer Look” feature allows the viewer to see details of the artwork magnified and explained through audio commentary and animation. Closer Look discusses the historical background of the artwork, and the artistic and symbolic features of each piece.

The portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour by Maurice-Quentin Delatour, photo credit Musée du Louvre/M. Beck-Coppola

It’s pretty incredible. I watched the tour of The portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour by Maurice-Quentin Delatour and the tour of Madonna of the Rabbit by Titan. I felt so smart and cultured afterward – like I had just sat in on a very hi-tech university lecture.

Closer Look features many different pieces of art, from the Mona Lisa to a The Code of Hammurabi to a 17th century ebony cabinet. A little something for every art/history enthusiast.

Totally worth a click or two!

Ch-ch-check it out HERE.

– Ann Erling Gofus

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