LOUVRE Painting Love in the Louvre Collections


Painting Love in the Louvre Collections

Love, the most fundamental of human emotions, has perhaps been one of the most fundamental themes in Western art since ancient times. In paintings depicting the Greco-Roman myths and genre paintings depicting daily life, love took various forms in scenes representing gods and people longing for that someone special, illustrated by passion, desire, and sensual pleasure, and even anguish and sorrow. In contrast, Christian religious art gave believers images of the Holy Family, depictions of the Crucifixion of Jesus, and scenes capturing the martyrdom of saints, thereby embodying themes revolving around God’s unconditional love for humanity or the love for God reciprocated by the faithful.

This exhibition will show how Western artists have portrayed love in its many forms through 73 paintings carefully selected from the vast collections of the Musée du Louvre. We invite you on a tour of passionate expressions of love gathered from masterpieces by the leading Western artists, from the 16th century to mid-19th century.

Exhibition Outline

  • Title
    Painting Love in the Louvre Collections

  • Period
    March 1 (Wed.) - June 12 (Mon.), 2023

  • Closed
    Tuesdays*Open on March 21 (Tue.), May 2(Tue.) and closed on March 22 (Wed.) instead

  • Opening Hours
    10:00-18:00*10:00-20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays
    *10:00-20:00 on May 3 (Wed.), May 4 (Thu.), June 7 (Wed.), June 8 (Thu.), June 11 (Sun.)
    (Last admission 30 minutes before closing)

  • Venue
    The National Art Center, Tokyo / Special Exhibition Gallery 1E
    7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558

  • Access
    Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, Nogizaka Station, direct access from Exit 6
    Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Roppongi Station, approximately 5-minute walk from Exit 4a
    Toei Oedo Subway Line, Roppongi Station, approximately 4-minute walk from Exit 7
    (No parking)

  • Admission (tax included)

    AdultsCollege studentsHigh school students
    2,100 Yen1,400 Yen1,000 Yen
    • Visitors who are junior high school students or younger will be admitted for free.
    • Disabled persons (along with the one assistant) will be admitted for free upon presenting the Disabled Person’s Booklet or an equivalent form of government-issued ID.
    • Free entrance to the exhibition for high school students from March 18 (Sat.) to March 31 (Fri.), 2023, upon presenting student ID.
    • At The National Art Center, Tokyo you can purchase the tickets for general admission during the opening days of the exhibition period only.

    An Advance Reservation System for "specified date/time tickets" implemented until May 7 (Sun.).
    After May 8 (Mon.), advance reservation (date and time specified) is not required anymore.

    Exhibition Online Ticket ※No fees

    Internet purchases
  • Organized by
    The National Art Center, Tokyo; Musée du Louvre; Nippon Television Network Corporation; The Yomiuri Shimbun; BS Nippon Corporation; Nippon Broadcasting System, Inc.

  • Under the auspices of
    Embassy of France / Institut français du Japon

  • With the special sponsorship of

  • With the sponsorship of
    Taisei Corporation; Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd

  • With the cooperation of
    Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.; Nippon Express Co., Ltd.; TOKYO MX; TOKYO FM BROADCASTING CO., LTD

  • With the special cooperation of

  • Inquiries
    (+81) 47-316-2772 (Hello Dial)

◎Kyoto Venue

  • Period
    June 27 (Tue.) -September 24 (Sun.), 2023

  • Venue
    Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art

  • Organized by
    Musée du Louvre; Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation;
    The Yomiuri Shimbun; KYODO Inc.;City of Kyoto