Beginning December 4, 2012, over 200 of the Louvre’s works will be on display in the museum’s new satellite in Lens, a northern city in the Pas-de-Calais department, Picardie. The collection will remain in the museum, Galerie des Temps, for several years.
An estimated 20 percent of the collection will rotate annually. The museum will be divided into three sections: Antiquity, Middle Ages, and Modern Times. Although many of the Louvre’s most famous works, like the Mona Lisa, are unable to travel to the new location, other works by Da Vinci, including the current Saint Anne exhibit and the Portrait of Baldassare Castiglioni, will make the trip. Ingres’ most famous portrait, Louis-François Bertin is also scheduled to accompany them.
Tina Isaac is Travel + Leisure’s Paris correspondent.
Photo credits: Musée du Louvre/Erich Lessing (top) and Musée du Louvre/Angèle Dequier (bottom).