The famous French art museum, the Louvre, has commissioned perfumes based on some of its most iconic masterpieces, in conjunction with Ramdane Touhami and Victoire de Taillac, co-founders of Officine Universelle Buly.

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The Louvre in Paris has commissioned perfumes based on some of its most iconic masterpieces.

Ramdane and Victoire then recruited eight French perfumers, and tasked them with selecting a work from the Louvre’s collection and creating its perfume, with an aim of adding an olfactory dimension to a visual experience.

The sculpture La Nymphe au scorpion by Lorenzo Bartolini at the Louvre
Nymph with the Scorpion by Lorenzo Bartolini. Image: © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) René-Gabriel Ojéda

The artworks chosen include The Valpinçon Bather by artist Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, which was interpreted by Daniela Andrier in citronella and orange blossom, embellished with patchouli and incense.

Eight scented postcards of the new fragrances
Scented postcards of the new fragrances are available for €7. Image: Buly

The scent for the sculpture Nymph with the Scorpion by Lorenzo Bartolini was created by Annick Ménardo, using heliotrope and jasmine, spiced up with amber and musk.

The statue of Venus de Milo at the Louvre Museum in Paris
Venus de Milo at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Image: Tutti Frutti/Shutterstock

The perfume for Saint Joseph the Carpenter by Georges de La Tour was created by Sidonie Lancesseur, using a deep note of cedar wood, infused with verbena, pink berries and vetiver. Grande Odalisque by Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres was interpreted by Domitille Michalon Bertier as a blend of incense and pink pepper, enhanced with musky notes.

The painting Une Odalisque by Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres at the Louvre
Grande Odalisque by Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres. Image: © 2017 RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) Franck Raux

The Lock by Jean-Honoré Fragonard was interpreted by Delphine LeBeau using white lily flower and musk, and the fragrance for Conversation in a Park by Thomas Gainsborough was created by Dorothée Piot and features sour touches of peppermint and bergamot in a bouquet of Ottoman roses.

The painting Le Verrou by Jean-Honoré Fragonard at the Louvre
The Lock by Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Image: 2010 RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) Stéphane Maréchalle

Famous sculpture, The Winged Victory of Samothrace starred in Beyoncé and Jay-Z's Apesh*t video in 2018, and its scent was created by Aliénor Massenet using tuberose, magnolia and jasmine, enhanced by the warmth of myrrh. The equally famous Venus de Milo was interpreted by Jean-Christophe Hérault using mandarin, jasmine and amber.

The Winged Victory of Samothrace, a marble sculpture in Louvre Museum.
The Winged Victory of Samothrace, a marble sculpture in Louvre Museum. Image: muratart/Shutterstock

There are perfumes (75ml, €150/$169), candles (€150/$169), scented soap sheets (€20/$22.60) and scented postcards (€7/$7.91) in the range. All will be available in the new Officine Universelle Buly at the Louvre space on the lower floor of Allée du Grand Louvre in Paris from July 3 to January 6, 2020.

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