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.

Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins

The Getty Villa
March 18–July 27, 2020

In spring 2020, an exhibition co-curated between the Louvre and the Getty museums will explore the history of Mesopotamia, which was home to the ancient Sumerians, Babylonians, and Assyrians. Among their many achievements are the creation of the earliest known script (cuneiform), the formation of the first cities, the development of advanced astronomical and mathematical knowledge, and spectacular artistic and literary accomplishments. The exhibition covers three millennia from the first cities in about 3200 B.C. to Alexander the Great’s conquest of Babylon in 331 B.C.

“The Vision of Saint John” (1610-14). Photo © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais/image of the MMA

El Greco: Ambition and Defiance

The Art Institute of Chicago
March 7–June 21, 2020

This major exhibition charts the career of the artist known simply as El Greco. Over 55 works from across the world trace not only the development of his distinctive style but also the astounding ambition that drove him to relentlessly pursue success.

The exhibition was organized by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais, Paris; and the Musée du Louvre.
Andrea del VERROCCHIO Florence, 1435 - Venise, 1488 et son atelier. © 1996 Musée du Louvre / Pierre Philibert

Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence

National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
September 15, 2019–January 12, 2020

According to the NGA, “Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence is the first-ever monographic exhibition in the United States on Andrea del Verrocchio (c. 1435–1488), the innovative artist, painter, sculptor, and teacher whose pupils included Leonardo da VinciPietro Perugino, and likely Sandro Botticelli as well. The exhibition examines the wealth and breadth of Verrocchio’s extraordinary artistry by bringing together some 50 of his masterpieces in painting, sculpture, and drawing that allow viewers to appreciate how his work in each art form stimulated creativity in the others.”

This exhibition is currently on view in Italy at the Palazzo Strozzi and includes over a dozen sculptures and artifacts on loan from the Louvre.

Recent Exhibitions in the U.S.

François BOUCHER (Paris, 1703 - Paris, 1770) Diana Leaving her Bath 1742

Renoir: The Body, The Senses

June 8–September 22, 2019

Renoir: The Body, The Senses
Statuette of a goddess (detail), 1st century B.C.–1st century A.D. Babylon. Alabaster, stucco, gold, and rubies, H. 10 1/4 in., W. 2 in., D. 2 in. (26 x 5 x 5 cm). Musée du Louvre, Paris (AO 20127) © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY
The World Between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East
Jacopo Tintoretto, Self-Portrait, c. 1588, oil on canvas, overall: 63 × 52 cm (24 13/16 × 20 1/2 in.) framed: 93.5 × 84.5 cm (36 13/16 × 33 1/4 in.), Musée du Louvre, Paris Départment des Peintures
Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice
Photograph by Maria Daniels, courtesy of the Musée du Louvre, January 1992

Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife

October 31, 2018–March 18, 2019

Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife
Combat Between Love and Chastity, 1503-5. Perugino (Pietro Vannucci), tempera on canvas.

The Renaissance Nude

October 30, 2018–January 27, 2019

The Renaissance Nude
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

September 14, 2018–January 6, 2019

Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place
Eugène Delacroix
Liberty Leading the People
1830
Musée du Louvre
© 2009 Musée du Louvre / Erich Lessing

Delacroix (1798—1863)

September 10, 2018–January 6, 2019

Delacroix (1798—1863)
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

September 9–December 31, 2018

Corot: Women
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