The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations

The Louvre Museum

In the 19th century, the Edmond de Rothschild branch of the family established themselves among the foremost private donors and patrons of the Louvre. The Foundations endeavor to continue this tradition for the development of the Museum and the preservation of its exceptional collections.

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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Baron Edmond de Rothschild’s legacy

A preeminent connoisseur, expert, collector and patron of the arts, Baron Edmond de Rothschild (1845-1934) developed a keen interest in fine prints from the age of 14. Throughout his lifetime, he ceaselessly built up his art collection, which includes over 60,000 prints and 3,000 drawings.

With characteristic persistence and passion, he created one of the world’s largest collections of prints and drawings, renowned for the exceptional works it contains.