At the Musee d’Orsay in Paris on Monday, employees have been hanging a priceless Renoir portray in preparation for the museum’s re-opening after six months with no guests due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The portray was one in every of many artefacts on the museum that have been put in storage through the lockdown, to guard them from the results of mud and daylight, and which at the moment are going again on show prepared for the doorways to open on Wednesday.
The museum, on the banks of the Seine river, hummed with exercise on Monday as employees introduced artworks out of storage into the general public galleries, and lifted protecting covers off glass instances containing uncommon treasures.
“We opened the ticket office a few days ago and it seems that the public really want to come back. And so much the better, because we’ve missed them,” mentioned Laurence Des Cars, director of the museum.
“Our mission is to welcome the public and to offer them, in the best way possible, direct contact with the works of art after all these months of computers and screens,” she mentioned.
The portray by impressionist artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, was an 1887 work depicting a woman holding a cat. Wheeled from the storage space on a trolley, one employee held all sides to fastidiously carry it onto the wall.
The French authorities closed museums and different cultural venues on the finish of October to curb the unfold of COVID-19. It is now permitting them to re-open after virus charges began to fall. But restrictions stay in place.
In regular instances, the Musee d’Orsay can have round 15,000 guests a day, employees there mentioned, however for now, every day numbers shall be capped at 5,000 to make sure individuals can keep a secure distance aside.