The Louvre in the U.S.

The Louvre has enjoyed a close and unique relationship with many museums in the United States, with a long history of collaboration on exhibitions, scholarly research and educational initiatives. Partners include the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Getty Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the Legion of Honor, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Neue Galerie, the Morgan Library and Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, and the Oklahoma City Art Museum.

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions in the U.S.

Photograph by Maria Daniels, courtesy of the Musée du Louvre, January 1992

Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife

The Getty Villa
October 31, 2018–March 18, 2019

This exhibition explores depictions of the Underworld in the art of Greece and southern Italy and investigates how ancient Greeks envisioned what happens after death. It will contain an important amphora on loan from the Louvre depicting Herakles and Cerberus, and Dionysos with maenad and satyrs (ca. 520 BC – 510 BC).

Combat Between Love and Chastity, 1503-5. Perugino (Pietro Vannucci), tempera on canvas.

The Renaissance Nude

J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles
October 30, 2018–January 27, 2019

Renaissance artists transformed the course of western art history by making the nude central to their art. Drawing inspiration from classical sculpture and the study of the live model, these artists created lifelike, vibrant, and sensual representations of the human body. Featuring more than 100 works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Dürer, and others, this exhibition traces the nude’s gradual emergence over 130 years in Italy, France, Germany, and the Netherlands.

This exhibition includes Louvre loans:

The Fall of the Damned, 1468–69, Dieric Bouts, oil on panel.

Apollo and Daphnis, about 1495, Perugino (Pietro Vannucci), oil on poplar.

Combat Between Love and Chastity, 1503-5, Perugino (Pietro Vannucci), tempera on canvas.


Unknown Artist / Votive bust of a young man, 300 BCE-100 BCE © Musée du Louvre, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Thierry Olliver / Art Resource, NY.

Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place

Bard Graduate Center, New York
September 14, 2018–January 6, 2019

“Examining votive objects—often created to fulfill a vow or as a pledge and placed at a sacred space or site of communal memory—Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place will look at the things humans choose to offer in their votive transactions and will strive to uncover the most intimate moments in the lives of humans, revealing how our dreams and hopes, as well as our fears and anxieties, find form in votive offerings.”

This exhibition includes an important loan from the Louvre of an Etruscan anatomical bust from the 3rd to 2nd century BC.

Eugène Delacroix
Liberty Leading the People
Musée du Louvre
© 2009 Musée du Louvre / Erich Lessing

Delacroix (1798—1863)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
September 10, 2018–January 6, 2019

Co-organized between Louvre Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art,  for the first time since the 1963 exhibition celebrating the 100-year anniversary of his death, this event will pool over 180 artworks by the artist, including a large number of paintings: from the young artist’s big hits at the Salon of 1820 up to his final less known and mysterious religious and landscape compositions.

Woman with a Pearl, c. 1868–1870, oil on canvas, Musée du Louvre, Paris, Département des peintures. © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY

Corot: Women

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
September 9–December 31, 2018

Though best known for his landscapes, Camille Corot painted a beautiful collection of portraits which were rarely displayed during his lifetime. This exhibition will display forty-five of his portraits of women, painted between 1830 and 1870 and ranging from individual figures, nudes, and allegorical studio scenes. It includes several important loans from the Musée du Louvre, including The Lady in Blue, and Woman with a Pearl.

Rhyton forepart in the shape of a lion with prey. Achaemenid, probably Egyptian, 5th-4th century BCE, Faience.

Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes, and Kings

The Harvard Art Museums
September 6, 2018–January 6, 2019

Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes, and Kings brings together nearly 60 elaborate vessels of animal shape from collections in the United States and Europe. While the songs, speeches, and prayers that enlivened ancient feasts are now largely lost to us, these vessels have survived, offering a glimpse into the rich symbolism and communal practices that found expression at these gatherings.

The exhibition includes three Loans from the Louvre.

Recent Exhibitions in the U.S.

Pierre Subleyras
La Courtisane Amoureuse
c. 1735
Musée du Louvre
© Musée du Louvre / Harry Bréjat
Casanova’s Europe: Art, Pleasure, and Power in the 18th Century
© RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY, photo by Jean-Gilles Berizzi

Visitors to Versailles (1682 – 1798)

April 16–July 29, 2018

Visitors to Versailles (1682 – 1798)
Ring with portrait of a Ptolemy wearing the Egyptian double crown, about 186 - 145 B.C., gold.
Musée du Louvre. © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY. Photo: Hervé Lewandowski.

Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World

March 27–September 9, 2018

Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World
Johannes Vermeer
The Lacemaker
c. 1669-1670
Musée du Louvre
Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Gérard Blot

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting

October 22, 2017–January 22, 2018

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting
Edme Bouchardon
Cupid Cutting His Bow from the Club of Hercules
Musée du Louvre
(c) 2016 Musée du Louvre / Hervé Lewandowski
Edme Bouchardon (1698–1762): A Sublime Idea of Beauty
Unknown Artist "Altar" with Zodiacal Frieze and Heads of the Twelve Gods
c. 117-138
Musée du Louvre
© RMN-Grand Palais / Hervé Lewandowski / Art Resource, NY

Time and Cosmos in Greco-Roman Antiquity

October 19, 2016–April 23, 2017

Time and Cosmos in Greco-Roman Antiquity
Valentin de Boulogne
Réunions dans un cabaret
c. 1623-1625
Musée du Louvre
Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Tony Querrec

Valentin de Boulogne – Beyond Caravaggio

October 7, 2016–January 22, 2017

Valentin de Boulogne – Beyond Caravaggio