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L'enfant dans les collections du Musée du Louvre

June 23(Tue.) - September 23(Wed., Holiday), 2009

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With 200 works of art from the collections of the Louvre Museum, this special exhibition proposes traveling through the arts and civilizations of Europe and the Near East over four thousand years. The exhibits were selected under the theme of children, from the significant and diverse collections of seven curatorial departments of the Louvre Museum -- Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities; Sculptures; Decorative Arts; Prints and Drawings; and Paintings.

It is a unique thematic and transversal exhibition that seeks to show how children have been depicted and expressed in art, and how the universal motif of children has been inspiring artists from the ancient to modern times. By presenting children from wide geographical and chronological areas, the exhibition will make the audience see that children have been loved throughout the human history regardless of differences in nations, historical period, and culture. The exhibits will be displayed in the following juxtaposed manner:

Section 1: The Infancy
Section 2: Children in Daily Life
Section 3: Children and Death
Section 4: Portraits and Family Life
Section 5: Children in Ancient Religions and Greco-Roman Mythology
Section 6: Children in Christian Art
Section 7: Imaginary Children

This exhibition has been enabled by rich and diverse collections of the Louvre, a world-famous museum. Exhibits widely vary in style and age: a girl's mummy, ancient Elamite toys, masterpieces by Titian "The Virgin and the Child with St Stephan, St. Jerome and St. Maurice", Chardin, Reynolds, Gobelin tapestries and 19th century sculptures.

  • Organized by The National Museum of Art, Osaka; Musée du Louvre; The Asahi Shimbun; Asahi Broadcasting Corporation
  • Supported by Ambassade de France au Japon; The Aqua Metropolis Osaka 2009 Executive Committee
  • With the sponsorship of Société Générale Group; Dai Nippon Printing Co.,Ltd.; Panasonic Corporation; Daiwabo Information System Co.,Ltd.; Keihan Electric Railway Co.,Ltd.; Kinden Corporation
  • With the cooperation of Nissay Dowa General Insurance Co., Ltd.; Japan Airlines; NIPPON EXPRESS CO., LTD.; Daikin Foundation for Contemporary Arts


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Le departement des Arts graphiques Amour assis tenant un stylet
François BOUCHER ©RMN / Thierry Le Mage / distributed by DNPartcom

Le département des Peintures Master Hare Joshua REYNOLDS
1788 ©RMN / Hervé Lewandowski / distributed by DNPartcom

Le département des Sculptures La Vierge adorant l'Enfant
Andrea DELLA ROBBIA ©RMN / Thierry Le Mage /
distributed by DNPartcom

Le département des Objets d'art Moïse sauvé des eaux
Manufacture des Gobelins, atelier de Jean JANS, d'après un carton d'Antoine
PAILLET, d'après un tableau de Nicolas POUSSIN
c.1685-1689 ©2008 Musée du Louvre / Georges Poncet

Le département des Antiquités égyptiennes
Statue d'Isis allaitant le jeune Horus c.722B.C.-380B.C.
©2003 Musée du Louvre / Christian Décamps

Le département des Antiquités grecques, étrusques et romaines
Statue de satyre enfant First half of 2c ©2007 Musée du Louvre /
Daniel Lebée et Carine

Le département des Antiquités Orientales Lion monté sur un chariot
Hérisson monté sur un chariot B.C.12c
©RMN / Hervé Lewandowski / distributed by DNPartcom


Opening Hours

10:00-17:00, Fridays until 19:00
Admission until 30 minutes before closing


Mondays (Except for July 20, September 21, closed on July 21 instead)

Admission Fee

Adults : 1,500 Yen (1,200 Yen)
University students : 1,200 Yen (900 Yen)
High school students : 800 Yen (500 Yen)

  • * Including Miwa Yanagi Po-po Nyangnyang! and Artists from KEIO
  • * ( ) Figures in parentheses indicate discount fees for groups of 20 or more
  • * Junior high school students and under : Free
  • * Those with physical or mental disabilities and their attendants : Free
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