Celebrating 10 years online, the Louvre Museum presents its newly redesigned website for 2005. Online visitors can view the museum's permanent collection of more than 175,000 works of art, by starting with any of the eight curatorial departments, or using the kaleidoscope feature for a thematic approach that groups works by themes such as Masterpieces, Water, or Daily Life. As an example, the Department of Painting showcases 177 selected works, which can also be viewed by country, or thematic trail. The site also provides access to databases, such as ATLA (works on display); the inventory of the Department of Prints & Drawings; and Joconde: Works in French museums. A few minor criticisms are difficult-to-read orange or purple navigational text on a grey background, and page design that anticipates new, wider monitors. If anything, the site is almost too interactive, and some visitors may feel stuck in a slide show. If you just want to see the Mona Lisa, or work by any artist, try the search box, to retrieve a simple list of results. Future plans for the site include more thematic trails, more personalization, and online ticket sales.


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