Masterpieces from the Louvre are placed on display in the Louvre-Lens Time Gallery for a period of five years. All civilisations and techniques are presented, thus providing a broad overview of the Louvre collections’ chronological and geographical sweep. The Time Gallery is divided into three broad periods, presenting seventy works from Antiquity, forty-five from the Middle Ages, and ninety from modern times.

Visitors can easily stroll from one era to another, pausing for a while in front of Rubens’ magnificent “Ixion, King of the Lapiths, deceived by Juno, who he wished to seduce", before passing on to numerous Egyptian works just a few feet away. 

A perpetually evolving exhibition

The Time Gallery changes over time, with certain works being replaced on the anniversary of the museum’s opening. Since December 2014 twenty-odd new works have been on display, including the “Worshipper of Larsa” - a fascinating Mesopotamian statuette -, Georges de La Tour’s “St Joseph the Carpenter” - a masterpiece of baroque painting –, Poussin’s “Great Bacchanal”, David’s “Belisarius Begging for Alms”, and Ingres’ mysterious “Roger Freeing Angelica”.

Practical information: 

Free entry until the end of 2015. The Louvre-Lens website provides regular updates about new works on display.