The Louvre Lands Its First Female President In 228-Year History

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The Louvre is one of the world's largest museums, but initially, what’s now known as a home to countless pieces of art began its career as a fortress in the ripe year of 1190. Flash forward to 1793, when The National Assembly opened the building as a museum; Napoléon then expanded their collection and brought in art pieces from all over the world through nefarious methods and looting (though some of it was returned after the French defeat at Waterloo).

Today, the Louvre's holdings include pieces from the Egyptians, Islamic Artworks, and, as most already know, is home to the ever famous Mona Lisa. While the museum has a rich history that goes back for what seems like an eternity, a new historical moment has just occurred for the gallery.

Laurence des Cars was appointed to serve as the head of the Louvre by France President Emmanuel Macron and will replace the current Louvre Chief, Jean-Luc Martinez, who was not victorious in his campaign for a third term. Most importantly, the shift in leadership brings Cars the title of being the first woman to direct the Louvre in its history.

Cars is currently the president of the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie. She will begin her work at the Louvre on September 1st and focus on bringing in younger generations and creating a forward-thinking museum that will help bridge the gaps between their ancient artworks and more contemporary holdings.

It will be interesting to see the changes and perspectives that Laurence des Cars brings to the museum considering her robust background in the art world. Not to mention, power to the women.