Written by Saskya Vandoorne, CNNParis, FranceContributors Mark EsplinAntonella FranciniAs the world’s most visited museum awakens, escalators that after carried as much as 40,000 pairs of ft a day loop quietly by way of the empty foyer. Lockdown restrictions shuttered the Louvre in late October, leaving world-famous artworks like “Venus de Milo,” “Liberty Leading the People” and the “Mona Lisa” with out their normal crowds of admirers.But they are not utterly alone — the museum is profiting from the closures by finishing up long-planned renovations.”(The Louvre) continues to be residing, despite the fact that it appears actually asleep from the skin,” says challenge supervisor Gautier Moysset, standing in entrance of a set of Nineteenth-century doorways that after opened onto the bedchamber of French kings.Behind him, Gaëlle Dulac is fastidiously bringing the doorways again to life, switching between paintbrushes made out of hog bristle and badger hair as she recreates the grain of the wooden with layers of paint.She is considered one of a crew of specialists and artisans that has been working 5 days every week to refurbish the renaissance palace. Also amongst them is curator Côme Fabre, who’s overseeing the re-mounting of “Nude Youth Sitting by the Sea,” by French artist Hippolyte Flandrin. Under Fabre’s watchful eye, 4 males stability on scaffolding and hoist the portray of a curled-up younger man into place. The “Mona Lisa” alone within the Louvre with out guests. The curator says the quiet interval has helped him rethink how the Louvre shows its huge assortment. “All of a sudden a portray appears too huge (or) too small, or the body does not match with those close by,” he explains. “You should take heed to what the works should say. Sometimes they do not like one another and it’s a must to separate them.”Curator Julien Cuny can be utilizing the chance to mirror on the Persian collections he oversees.”There must be a coherence within the museum. What is the work doing right here? How is it talking to the opposite works?” he says, guiding a forklift carrying a 400-kilogram (882-pound) stele by way of a passageway lined with Roman marble sculptures. While grateful for the time he has been given, Cuny is aware of the Louvre has taken an enormous hit through the Covid-19 pandemic. Last yr, the museum misplaced over 90 million euros ($109 million) in income and skilled a 72% drop in guests. “It’s unhappy as a result of from a logistical viewpoint, we will do loads,” Cuny says. “But the artworks, they have been made to be seen.”