Rothschild'Collectionin French public institutions

The Rothschilds have played a leading role in the history of European cultural heritage in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, both in the field of art collections and patronage. From 1873 to the present day more than one hundred and twenty thousand works of art have been offered to more than two hundred French institutions by four generations of the French, English, German or Italian branches of this cosmopolitan family.

Although the role played by this dynasty in the financial field has been widely studied by many historians, its cultural history has not yet been the subject of a global study in France. The result of several years of research conducted with French institutions with the collaboration of fifty-four authors is now gathered in a book devoted to their artistic patronage (Pauline Prevost-Marcilhacy (ed.), Les Rothschilds, a dynasty of patrons in France , 3 vols., Paris, editions of the Louvre Museum / Bibliothèque nationale de France / Somogy éditions d'art, 2016). These pages and this project represent the ideal extension (About this program).

Joshua Reynolds, Master Hare , Paris, musée du Louvre, département des Peintures, R.F. 1580 (don Alphonse de Rothschild, 1905), (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Michel Urtado.