The Art of Portraiture in the Louvre Collections

Face from a Coffin, Egypt, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, Reign of Amenhotep III (1391-1353 BC)

Face from a Coffin, Egypt, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, Reign of Amenhotep III (1391-1353 BC)
Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Franck Raux /distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

Portrait of a Woman, Thebes (Egypt)?, Second half of the 2nd century AD

Portrait of a Woman, Thebes (Egypt)?, Second half of the 2nd century AD
Photo © Musée du Louvre, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Georges Poncet /distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

Head of a Woman, Palmyra (Syria), 150-250 AD

Head of a Woman, Palmyra (Syria), 150-250 AD
Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Hervé Lewandowski /distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

Emblema Dish from the Boscoreale Treasure, found at the Villa Pisanella in Boscoreale (Campania, Italy) in 1895, c. 35-40 AD

Emblema Dish from the Boscoreale Treasure, found at the Villa Pisanella in Boscoreale (Campania, Italy) in 1895, c. 35-40 AD
Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Hervé Lewandowski /distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

 Jacques-Louis David and studio, Death of Marat, c. 1794

Jacques-Louis David and studio, Death of Marat, c. 1794
Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Martine Beck-Coppola /distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

Royal Head, known as the “Head of Hammurabi”, Susa (modern-day Shush), Elam (modern-day Iran), Amorite period, First Babylonian Dynasty, c. 1840 BC

Royal Head, known as the “Head of Hammurabi”, Susa (modern-day Shush), Elam (modern-day Iran), Amorite period, First Babylonian Dynasty, c. 1840 BC
Photo © Musée du Louvre, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Raphaël Chipault /distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

Portrait of Alexander the Great (336-323 BC), known as “Hermes Azara”, found at the Villa of the Pisons in Tivoli (Italy) in 1779; made in Italy, First half of the 2nd century AD, after the original by Lysippos, c. 330 BC

Portrait of Alexander the Great (336-323 BC), known as “Hermes Azara”, found at the Villa of the Pisons in Tivoli (Italy) in 1779; made in Italy, First half of the 2nd century AD, after the original by Lysippos, c. 330 BC
Photo © Musée du Louvre, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Daniel Lebée / Carine Déambrosis /distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

Baron Antoine-Jean Gros, Bonaparte on the Bridge at Arcole (17 November 1796), 1796

Baron Antoine-Jean Gros, Bonaparte on the Bridge at Arcole (17 November 1796), 1796
Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Hervé Lewandowski /distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

Claude Ramey, Napoleon I in Coronation Robes, 1813

Claude Ramey, Napoleon I in Coronation Robes, 1813
Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Michel Urtado /distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

Francesco Antommarchi, Death Mask of Napoleon I, 1833

Francesco Antommarchi, Death Mask of Napoleon I, 1833
Photo © Musée du Louvre, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Pierre Philibert /distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Portrait of Ferdinand-Philippe de Bourbon-Orléans, Duc d’Orléans, Prince Royal (1810-1842), 1842

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Portrait of Ferdinand-Philippe de Bourbon-Orléans, Duc d’Orléans, Prince Royal (1810-1842), 1842
Photo © Musée du Louvre, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Angèle Dequier /distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, Casket for the King’s Snuffbox, 1819-1820Marie-Victoire Jaquotot, Forty-eight Miniatures from the King’s Snuffbox Casket, 1818-1836

Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, Casket for the King’s Snuffbox, 1819-1820
Marie-Victoire Jaquotot, Forty-eight Miniatures from the King’s Snuffbox Casket, 1818-1836
Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Droits réservés /distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, after Louis-Simon Boizot, Bust of Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France (1755-1793) , 1782

Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, after Louis-Simon Boizot, Bust of Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France (1755-1793), 1782
Photo © Musée du Louvre, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Peter Harholdt /distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, known as) and workshop, Portrait of a Young Man Wearing a Red Hat, c. 1480-1490

Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, known as) and workshop, Portrait of a Young Man Wearing a Red Hat, c. 1480-1490
Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Michel Urtado /distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

Veronese (Paolo Caliari, known as), Portrait of a Woman, known as “La Bella Nani”, c. 1560

Veronese (Paolo Caliari, known as), Portrait of a Woman, known as “La Bella Nani”, c. 1560
Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Michel Urtado /distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Venus and Cupid, c. 1657

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Venus and Cupid, c. 1657
Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Tony Querrec /distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Portrait of Countess Ekaterina Vassilievna Skavronskaya (1761-1829), 1796

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Portrait of Countess Ekaterina Vassilievna Skavronskaya (1761-1829), 1796
Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Michel Urtado /distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Portrait of Luis María de Cistué y Martínez (1788-1842), 2nd Baron of Menglana, 1791

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Portrait of Luis María de Cistué y Martínez (1788-1842), 2nd Baron of Menglana, 1791
Photo © Musée du Louvre, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Philippe Fuzeau /distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, Character Head, between 1771 and 1783

Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, Character Head, between 1771 and 1783
Photo © Musée du Louvre, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Pierre Philibert /distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Spring, 1573

Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Spring, 1573
Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Jean-Gilles Berizzi /distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

Overview

Portraiture, designed to capture people’s likenesses, is an artistic genre with an extensive history dating to ancient times. This exhibition, made up of approximately 110 works selected from all eight departments of the Louvre, sheds light on the social role of portraits and various characteristics of the form of Art. From Venetian master Veronese’s unparalleled La Bella Nani, making its first visit to Japan in 27 years, to a mask used to decorate an ancient Egyptian coffin, pictures of monarchs such as Roman emperors and Napoleon, and paintings of gorgeous women and charming children, the exhibition assembles a wealth of highly accomplished portraiture.

Date May 30 (Wed.) – September 3 (Mon.), 2018
Closed on Tuesdays (except August 14)
Opening hours 10:00-18:00
*Fridays and Saturdays, May to June 10:00-20:00
*Fridays and Saturdays, July to September 10:00-21:00
(Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Venue The National Art Center, Tokyo (Kokuritsu-Shin-Bijutsukan), Special Exhibition Gallery 1E
7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558
Organized by The National Art Center, Tokyo; Musée du Louvre; Nippon Television Network Corporation; The Yomiuri Shimbun; BS Nippon Corporation
Under the auspices of Embassy of France / Institut français du Japon
With the special sponsorship of Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.
With the sponsorship of Taisei Corporation; Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.; Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.
With the cooperation of Air France / KLM Royal Dutch Airlines; Nippon Express Co., Ltd.; East Japan Railway Company; CS Nippon Corporation; RF RADIO NIPPON CO., LTD.; J-WAVE, INC.; Nippon Cultural Broadcasting Inc.; Tokyo MX; Television Kanagawa Inc.
With the special cooperation of NTV Europe B.V.
Admission
(tax included)
General 1,600 yen (Adults), 1,200 yen (College students), 800 yen (High school students)
Advance/Group 1,400 yen (Adults), 1,000 yen (College students), 600 yen (High school students)
  • Visitors who are under junior high school students 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 equipment form of government issued ID.
  • Free entrance to the exhibition for high school students from July 14 (Sat.) to July 29 (Sun.), 2018, upon presenting student ID.
  • Advance tickets on sale from March 10 (Sat.) – May 29 (Tue.), 2018 (sold at the National Art Center, Tokyo only until May 28 (Mon.), 2018).
  • Tickets, both Advance and General, are available through the National Art Center, Tokyo (open days only), the exhibition website (ONLINE TICKETS), and other major ticket agencies. Service charges may apply. (These services are only available in Japanese.)
  • Group tickets (for groups of a minimum of 20 people) can only be purchased at the National Art Center, Tokyo.
  • Reduction (100 yen off) applies to visitors who present the ticket stub of a concurrent exhibition at The National Art Center, Tokyo; Suntory Museum of Art; or Mori Art Museum (Art Triangle Roppongi).
  • For Students, faculty and staff, of “Campus Members”, can apply for group discounts.
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