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Twenty years on from the Louvre’s great pyramid project, the creation of a new Department of Islamic Art within the Musée du Louvre represents a milestone in the history of the museum and former palace. An architectural, cultural, artistic, and civilizational offering, the new department invites visitors on a veritable sensory voyage of discovery into its Islamic collection.

The Cour Visconti provides the setting that plays host to the museum’s collection of Islamic Art. Architects Rudy Ricciotti and Mario Bellini rose to the challenge of covering the courtyard with an undulating glass roof. The galleries thereby created do not detract from the historical façades, while providing 2,800 square meters (over 30,000 square feet) of exhibition space, bathed in discreet natural lighting.

Exhibited underneath the striking glass canopy are nearly 3,000 works, whose origins range from Spain to India and date from the 8th to the 19th century. The Department of Islamic Art’s holdings amount to 18,000 works from the Louvre’s collections or on long-term loan from the Musée des Arts Décoratifs as agreed in 2005.