Louvre Museum collaborates with Parisian perfume company to create fragrances inspired by its masterpieces

After collaborating with Airbnb earlier in the year, the iconic Louvre Museum has now announced a partnership with prestigious Parisian perfume company – Officine Universelle Buly, to create scents inspired by eight of its famous artworks. Yes, that’s right! Connoisseurs now stand a chance to not just gaze at but also live the scents of their favorite Louvre’s masterpieces.

To create the exclusive fragrances, Ramdane Touhami, and Victoire de Taillac, co-creators of Officine Universelle Buly, worked meticulously to pick out the artworks and thereafter give birth to their corresponding scents. Amongst the chosen masterpieces, were Louvre’s Winged Victory of Samothrace, Neoclassical painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’ La Baigneuse and Grande Odalisque, Thomas Gainsborough’s Conversation in a Park, Jean-Honoré’s The Lock, Georges de La Tour’s religious painting Joseph the Carpenter, the iconic Venus de Milo and Lorenzo Bartolini’s Nymph with Scorpion.

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Each of the scents is created by separate master perfumers, each of whom were given complete liberty in terms of costs and creativity. Commenting on the collaboration, one of the experts- Dorothée Piot of Robertet who chose the painting by Gainsborough said, “I wanted a fresh, delicate work, an outdoor, bucolic scene. I loved the candor and grace of the characters. To design my perfume, I thought of freshly hatched rose petals in a green setting,” The exclusive will go on sale in a shop near the Louvre from next week until January 2020.

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