Missing the iconic Musée du Louvre in France? Or overseas art exhibitions in general? Stay home and indulge in these beautiful works from your couch

This story was first published on November 14, 2020, and updated on September 14, 2021.

While art institutions are limiting their access or sometimes keeping their doors shut worldwide because of the Covid-19 pandemic, internet users can still enjoy a culture shot from home. From Renaissance masterpieces to contemporary landscape art, here are several shows to enjoy from the comfort of your home.

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1. David Hockney: Ma Normandie at Galerie Lelong & Co.

Since the global pandemic encourages us to spend most of our time indoors, many of us are craving wide-open spaces and greenery. If that's you, David Hockney's virtual exhibition, My Normandy at Paris-based Galerie Lelong & Co should suit. It offers a stroll among the apple trees and timbered houses that the star British artist painted when he settled in the Normandy countryside in March 2019.

David Hockney: Ma Normandie is available on the Galerie Lelong & Co website and will welcome the public at the gallery's Paris premises when the health situation allows. Note that this virtual exhibition is also adapted to VR.

2. From the Renaissance to the 20th century, masterpieces of painting in French museums at Universal Museum of Art

Sandro Botticelli, Tamara de Lempicka, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Vincent van Gogh, Berthe Morisot, Robert Delaunay…Who would have imagined that such diverse masters could one day be visible under the same (virtual) roof? The Universal Museum of Art partnered with CLIC France to put together this giant virtual exhibition. In total, 150 works by 100 artists are presented in 11 thematic galleries, from "ideal beauty" to "sensual bodies."

De la Renaissance au XXe siècle, les chefs-d'oeuvre de la peinture dans les musées français is on view on the Universal Museum of Art's website

3. The Advent of the Artist at The Louvre

From craftsperson to artist, there is often just one step. This virtual exhibition from the Louvre showcases the progression of artists' career throughout the past centuries. This evolution is tackled following five themes: from signatures to self-portraits. A good way to admire Dürer, Rembrandt et Delacroix's self-portraits from the comfort of your home. 

The Advent of the Artist is on view on the Musée du Louvre website.

4. Artists for New York at Hauser & Wirth

As part of an online initiative to raise funds for pioneering non-profit visual arts organizations across the Covid-stricken New York City, Artists for New York brings together dozens of works committed by foremost artists across generations from both within and outside of the gallery’s program—such as Camille Henrot, Rashid Johnson, Alfredo Jaar, Hugo McCloud and many more—whose works embody the true spirit and beautiful chaos of the city and the American story.

Artists for New York is on view on the Hauser & Wirth website.

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5. Celebrating Raphael at Musement

This virtual exhibition by the online arts platform Musement is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the death of world-renowned Italian artist Raphael with a showcase of over a hundred of his most important works. From serene Madonnas to powerful biblical scenes, his most famous masterpieces and lesser-known artworks were sourced from museums like the Vatican Museums, Louvre, Uffizi Gallery, Prado, Villa Borghese and Hermitage Museum.

Celebrating Raphael is on view on Musement's website.

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