The Edmond de Rothschild collection includes prints, drawings, manuscripts and rare books – over 60,000 works patiently gathered by the Baron from a very young age. Celebrated for its outstanding quality and universal appeal, the collection includes masterpieces by Rembrandt, Da Vinci, Durer and Raphael, exceptionally rare 15th century incunables and niello pieces (metal artworks created by Florentine goldsmiths) and works illustrating the astonishing and abundant richness of 18th century French prints.
This collection seemed naturally destined for the Louvre Museum, whose scientific excellence and educational outreach continue to highlight the prominence of the collection, in particular through the many exhibitions that are organized in France and internationally.
Selected highlights: prints and drawings from the 15th to 18th centuries
The exhibition “Masterpieces from the Edmond de Rothschild collection. Drawings and prints from the 15th to 18th centuries” was held at the Juan March Foundation in Madrid in 2004, and subsequently at the Louvre in 2005. Presenting 74 masterpieces from the Edmond de Rothschild collection, this exhibition marked the first presentation of the works outside the Louvre Museum. It illustrated the fundamentals of the history of prints and highlighted the ties between drawing and painting and the art of reproduction. The Juan March Foundation published the exhibition catalogue.
Prints of Ideal China
The Louvre Museum selected “Prints of Ideal China” as the 2009 theme for the annual exhibition of the Edmond de Rothschild collection. The exhibition presented an exceptional array of French engravings commissioned by Emperor Qianlong in the 18th century.
Masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance
The Casa Buonarroti in Florence presented “Drawings from the Louvre: The Italian Renaissance in the Rothschild Collection” from May to September 2009. The exhibition displayed a selection of some 100 drawings by the most revered masters of the Italian Renaissance. A number of the drawings have only recently been studied and were on public display for the first time at the Casa Buonarroti.