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6/07 2013

The musée du Louvre: LED light renovation

The musée du Louvre: LED light renovation for the Mona Lisa and the Red Room

The right bank, the pyramidal architecture of the museum, a skilful lighting, so many sensations in front of this type of images in Paris… an exciting arrival for our staff at the ceremony to celebrate the completion of the lighting renovation of Mona Lisa and Red Room inside the Louvre.
The ceremony was attended by Toshiba’s Corporate Executive Vice President,Mr.HidejiroShimomitsu, and Louvre Museum General Manager, MrHervéBarbaret.

_It has been renovated the lighting of the Pyramid, the Pyramidions and the Pavillon Colbert (December 2011) and the Cour Napoleon (May 2012) – a testimony of the Louvre’s investment in the environment. The renovations have significantly cut power consumption, and a 73% cut in power consumed by exterior lighting.

The lighting renovation of the Mona Lisa and displays in the Red Room is the first time Toshiba LEDs have been used for interior lighting in the museum, and has allowed for the installation of a new generation of lighting products. The lamps and lighting fixtures developed by Toshiba have improved colour rendering of the paintings, total suppressed UV and IR radiation, and reduced electricity consumption for the Red Room and the Mona Lisa.

A unique, highly innovative lamp was installed in front of Mona Lisa andconcealedin the shelf next to the painting. This lamp uses 34 LEDs and allows for the compensation of colour shift due to the protective glazing and ambient lighting. The lamp includes various optical systems to frame the painting and to maintain very high lighting uniformity across the masterpiece. An innovative control system, that allows the musée du Louvre to adjust the spectrum of the lamp as precisely as possible, was developed with the highest possible fidelity to colours.

The Louvre palace remains in constant evolution over the years, building upon its constitution for many centuries now. Today still, the creation of this new lamp specifically for the Mona Lisa is the result of an iterative collaboration between great specialists. In 2005, a new, ultramodern spotlight was created for the presentation of the Mona Lisa at the opening of the Salle des Etats. Today, thanks to the expertise of Toshiba and the contribution of internationally renowned specialists towards an ultra-sophisticated technology, a new spot prototype, at the forefront of lighting development, is once again presented.

The next stage of the partnership will be to use Toshiba LED lighting in the CourCarrée (a square courtyard) and in the Napoleon Hall in the first half of 2014 (scheduled).

It is important to underline that the new lighting projects of Toshiba on a global scale want to create a new “akari (lighting) culture” in harmony with people and the environment.

A dedicated website has been created showcasing that explains each of the phases of this project:

About the musée du Louvre’s Mona Lisa and Red Room

Mona Lisa
This portrait by Leonardo da Vinci is known as a symbol of the Renaissance. It was painted in Florence between 1503 and 1506 and is thought to be of Lisa Gherardini, wife of a Florentine cloth merchant named Francesco del Giocondo – hence the alternative title, La Gioconda. The Mona Lisa, which features da Vinci’s own shading technique called sfumato and clever use of aerial perspective, exerted an enormous influence on subsequent Western painting. The work was part of François I’s royal collection and remains famous today for the Mona Lisa’s emblematic and mysterious smile, as well as the painting’s theft from the museum in 1911.

The Red Room
This gallery displays large-scale paintings representative of 19th-century France. They are sought out by the majority of museum visitors for the magnificence of masterpieces like Jacques-Louis David’s Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I and Coronation of the Empress Josephine, and The Grande Odalisque by Ingres, all set against red walls.



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