The Louvre Museum
The world’s most renowned museum includes eight curatorial departments: Paintings; Sculptures; Prints and Drawings; Near Eastern Antiquities; Egyptian Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities; Decorative Arts; and Islamic Art. The First French Republic established the Louvre as a museum during the French Revolution in 1793, unveiling the royal collection for the benefit of the French and international public. The museum also contains France’s imperial and republican art collections.
The patronage of the Edmond de Rothschild branch of the family has helped expand the collections of several curatorial departments. Just one example is the Boscoreale Treasure, comprised of over 100 pieces of silverware, grooming items and jewelry, which was discovered in 1895 in the remains of a Roman villa buried by the eruption of Vesuvius. Baron Edmond de Rothschild acquired the entire Boscoreale Treasure and donated it to the Louvre. A number of other masterpieces were also donated to the museum, as was the celebrated Baron Edmond de Rothschild Collection of fine prints and drawings, manuscripts and rare books – today a highlight of the Prints and Drawings Department.
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