The Art of Portraiture in the Louvre Collections
In a nutshell
Over 100 works from the Louvre Museum in Paris, France are on display. Rather than focusing merely on portraits, the theme is portraiture - capturing the likeness of the subject through a variety of artwork: statues, busts, masks, coins, and portraits.
The National Art Center, Tokyo is an enormous exhibition space, with a wavy glass design. This exhibition is in the Special Exhibition Gallery 1E on the ground floor.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
All the information is available in English and there is an English audio guide.
No photos are allowed.
The works are grouped by themes: the portrait as souvenir; faces of the powerful; conformity and singularity, both masculine and feminine; children and families; ending with three self portraits and two Arcimboldo paintings - Spring and Autumn.
This is definitely the idea of portraiture through the French lens. There are a variety of pieces from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. And, as expected, paintings of French subjects by French artists.
How far out?
Taking exit 6 from the Nogizaka Station on the Chiyoda Line takes you directly to the venue.
How much time?
About an hour.
How much money?
¥1,600 for general admission.
September 3, 2018
Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
See it only if you like this type of art.