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Painting Love in the Louvre Collections

March 1 (Wed), 2023 - June 12 (Mon), 2023

  • Past Exhibitions
  • Special Exhibitions

Love—a basic human emotion has been an important theme in Western art since ancient times. Mythological paintings, based on Greek and Roman myth, and genre paintings of real people in everyday life depicted the passions, desires, and sensual pleasures, as well as the anguish and sorrow, of gods and mortals deeply infatuated with someone special. In religious paintings, God’s expression of unconditional love for humanity and humanity’s love for God were shown to Christians through subjects such as the Holy Family, the crucifixion of Jesus, and the martyrdom of the Saints.
This exhibition will show how Western artists have portrayed love in its many forms through 73 paintings carefully selected from the vast collections of the Musée du Louvre. We invite you on a tour of passionate expressions of love from the 16th century to mid-19th century by some of Europe's preeminent painters.


March 1 (Wed), 2023 – June 12 (Mon), 2023

Closed on Tuesdays
*Open on March 21 (Tue.), May 2(Tue.) and closed on March 22 (Wed.) instead

Opening Hours

*10:00-20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays
*May 3 (Wed.), May 4 (Thu.), June 7 (Wed.), June 8 (Thu.) and June 11 (Sun.) 10:00-20:00

(Last admission 30 minutes before closing)


The National Art Center, Tokyo
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; Nippon Broadcasting System, Inc.

Under the auspices of:Embassy of France / lnstitut français du Japon
With the special sponsorship of:Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.
With the sponsorship of:Taisei Corporation; Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
With the cooperation of:Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.; Nippon Express Co., Ltd.; TOKYO MX; TOKYO FM BROADCASTING CO., LTD
With the special cooperation of:NIPPON TELEVISION NETWORK EUROPE B.V.


This exhibition is covered by the Japanese Act on the Indemnification of Damage to Works of Art in Exhibitions (Act No.17 of 2011)

Admission (tax included)
General 2,100 yen (Adults), 1,400 yen (College students), 1,000 yen (High school students)
  • Visitors who are junior high school students or younger 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 equivalent form of government-issued ID.
  • Free entrance to the exhibition for high school students from March 18 (Sat.) to March 31 (Fri.), 2023, upon presenting student ID.
  • After May 8 (Mon.), advance reservation (date and time specified) is not required anymore. For more information regarding tickets, please visit the ticket page on the exhibition website.(These services are only available in Japanese.)
  • It has been decided that Group Tickets will not be sold for this exhibition.
  • Reduction (100 yen off) applies to visitors who present the ticket stub of a current exhibition at The National Art Center, Tokyo; Suntory Museum of Art; or Mori Art Museum (Art Triangle Roppongi). Please show the ticket stub at the "Painting Love in the Louvre Collections" exhibition ticket booth.
  • Students, faculty and staff, of “Campus Members”, can view this exhibition for 1,200 yen (students) and 1,900 yen (faculty/staff). Please purchase tickets at the "Painting Love in the Louvre Collections" exhibition ticket booth.
  • Credit card (UC, Master Card, VISA, JCB, AMEX, Diners Club, DISCOVER), e-cash (Suica, PASMO, ICOCA, etc.), iD, J-Debit and Union Pay are available for purchasing tickets.
Touring Information

Kyoto: Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art; June 27 (Tue.) – September 24 (Sun.), 2023


(+81) 47-316-2772 (Hello Dial)

Exhibition Highlights