Beyoncé and Jay-Z, aka The Carters, filmed a spectacular video for their latest single, Apesh*t, at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. Now fans can take a tour of the museum and visit the 17 masterpieces that appear in the clip, including Marie-Guillemine Benoist’s Portrait of a Black Woman, Jacques Louis David’s The Coronation of Napoleon, Théodore Géricault’s The Charging Chasseur and The Raft of the Medusa, and da Vinci’s The Mona Lisa.
The Apesh*t video was directed by Ricky Saiz, produced by Iconoclast, and filmed in the Louvre in May 2018. The clip begins with a winged man crouching as bells and sirens are heard in the background. The video touches on issues of wealth, status, and royalty. Otir Hard of NPR called the video "extravagantly produced six minutes, filled with high art, pastel suits and turnt up museum parties". Kory Grow of Rolling Stone said the clip was "stunning" and noted how the couple looked "serene" in it, mirroring "works of arts themselves".
According to the Louvre, "Jay-Z and Beyoncé at the Louvre" tour, guiding visitors to all 19 artworks featured in Apeshit. If you can't make it to the Louvre itself, the website provides a walkthrough and explanation for each piece, culminating with the stunning Portrait of a Black Woman.
In Portrait of a Black Woman, Marie-Guillemine Benoist, a French Neoclassical painter considered to be the most notable painters of her era, “took a bold stance with this dark-skinned figure—an unusual, rarely taught exercise that was held in low regard. The grave expression, calm pose, and bare breast give the anonymous model the nobility of an allegory—perhaps of slavery, recently abolished,” according to the Louvre.
For now, the tours are only offered in French, however, the museum may add new languages soon. Apesh*t is the first single off of The Carters’ album, Love is Everything, which is available on Tidal. Beyoncé and JAY-Z are currently on their OTR II tour.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z aren’t the first artists to be celebrated with a guided tour at the Louvre. The museum also offered a visit by Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am as a 90-minute exploration of the museum’s Department of Decorative Arts.