The Ecole du Louvre of Paris is a well known public Institution under the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.
Founded in 1882, directed by Philippe Durey and opened to students all over the world and to the public, the school is located near the eminent Palais du Louvre, overlooking the magnificent Jardin des Tuileries.
Aimed at training museum professionals but also enlightening a large audience to a complex approach of the work of art and its meaning, the Ecole du Louvre provides courses of Archaeology, Epigraphy, Art History, History of Civilizations and Museology, all taught in French, thanks to donations by companies and private funds.
The basic course is composed of three cycles of studies: three years of undergraduate studies, two years of graduate specialization plus three years of post-graduate studies or doctorate and also a preparatory class for the conservation of the heritage. Various courses are also opened to listeners and to many others, in the evening, in the summer, in other sites or municipalities, organized within the city of Paris.
In parallel the Ecole du Louvre offers courses in the training of interns and auctioneers, organizes scientific meetings, conferences, laboratories , publishes specialized works and features a well-stocked library. From 2012 there is also a research team that works in the institution consisting of in house professionals, associates, external and trainees linked to the program “Patrimonie et museologie: lieux, objets, methodes”.
Their progress can be followed through the six-monthly digital magazine “Cahiers de l’Ecole du Louvre” which also contains items taken from the best works of the students.
The support of Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation ensures an annual scholarship for a researcher.
The will to introduce the activities of the Ecole du Louvre to the general public is confirmed by the offer of virtual tour available online as well as a number of interesting virtual exhibitions of different topics and historical periods, confirming the openness of the French Institutions towards sharing strategies.
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