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Louvre gets its first female leader in 228 years

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Art historian and curator Laurence des Cars has recently become the first woman to be appointed the president of the Louvre in its 228-year history.


  • She has been appointed by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron as the president of the world’s most visited museum.
  • She will take over the current president, Martinez, in September.
  • Her name will go down in history, becoming the first female president in 228 years since the wake of the French revolution.
  • The current president of Musée d’Orsay and L’Orangerie, both in Paris, faced stiff competition for the position.

About Lauvre:

  • Louvre is the world’s largest art museum, based in Paris.
  • It is located on the Right Bank of the Seine.
  • It is best known for being the home of the Mona Lisa, a half-length portrait painting by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci.

About Laurence des Cars:

  • She is the daughter of a journalist and a writer, and the granddaughter of the novelist Guy des Cars, Des Cars specializes in 19th and early 20th-century art. She attended Paris-Sorbonne University and École du Louvre and also taught at the latter institution.
  • In 1994, Des Cars joined Musee d’Orsay, another iconic Paris museum, as curator.
  • In 2017, she became its first woman director. It is a post she still holds. She has organized exhibitions, written papers and promoted art on a variety of platforms.
  • Between 2007 and 2014, Des Cars was one of the leading figures who set up the Louvre Abu Dhabi in the capital of the UAE.

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