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Picks and Pans Review: Le Louvre

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Housebound art lovers can now take a spin through one of the world’s great collections on the CD-ROM Le Louvre. The only digital guide authorized by the museum provides brief but illuminating analysis of 100 masterworks, including Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Raphael’s Virgin and Child. (commentary on the latter, for example, suggests the painting was inspired by the death of the artist’s mother). Art history buffs won’t learn anything new here, but there’s enough to satisfy most culture vultures—and probably inspire some to take a trip to the real Louvre. (CD-ROM for the Mac & PC, BMG Interactive, $49.95)