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.
- 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.