A visit to a confined Louvre which is getting a makeover

Posted December 06, 2020 at 2:41 a.m.- Updated December 10, 2020 at 5:26 p.m.

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Closed to the public, the largest museum in the world is not at a standstill, however.We spent a day exploring its galleries and reserves before it reopened.

Palette in one hand, brush in the other, Marion Dindeleux works to restore the illusion of marble to a wall covered with gold leaf decorations in the glass room, located on the first floor of the Sully wing Perched on a scaffolding, her long blonde hair pulled up in a bun, the restorer performs her work with Botticellian grace despite the white protective outfit, similar to the anti-Covid suits of hospital staff, which covers her body.With four of her colleagues, like herself independent craftsmen, the young 30-year-old woman renovates this richly ornamented room which was Louis XIV's office before housing the museum's treasures under the Restoration.

Unlike the first lockdown, which shut down all activities at the Louvre, the second, which came into effect on October 30, allows the public institution to operate while keeping its doors closed.the period to resume work, start others, move works of art, all complicated operations when the establishment welcomes its visitors.

In ordinary times, they are mainly carried out on closing day, Tuesday, and at night."Right now, it's a little Tuesday every day", remarks Laurent Le Guédart, director of architectural heritage and gardens.that plunged into semi-darkness for the sake of saving energy and to protect the works from light, the Louvre is therefore not a beautiful sleeper: around 250 employees come to work there every day out of the 2,315 that includes the museum, and as many external providers.

Posted Date: 2020-12-14

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