Louvre to open in Lens

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The Louvre, based in Paris, is one of the most famous art galleries in the world, with crate-loads of the most renown art as part of its collection. The institution is now opening a satellite wing of it cultural collection in Lens.

The Lens Louvre will make the most of natural light with five shimmering glass and metal buildings in the town in northern France, and it will become home to some of the most expensive artwork the world has known.

Among the highlights are Liberty Leading the People (1830) by Eugène Delacroix, Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione (1514-1515) by Raphael, Mary Magdalene with a Night Light (c. 1640–45) by Georges de La Tour and Louis-François Bertin (1832) by Ingres.

Along with the permanent collection there will be exhibitions, and fittingly, the first exhibition is entitled Renaissance, with works from Raphael, Mantegna, Pisanello, Jan van Eyck, Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranac.


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