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Women of the Rothschild family

    • When Oct 21, 2022 10:00 AM to Feb 26, 2023 06:00 PM (Europe/Brussels / UTC200)
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Exceptional collectors, patrons and donors



Since the 19th century, the Rothschild family has been legendary in the history of our societies. Over the years, this dynasty has become synonymous with success in the world of finance, but also with intellectual and artistic wealth. An unavoidable name, known to all. However, behind this family name lie little-known personalities and an unsuspected heritage. Offering a new and original point of view, this original exhibition will highlight women from the French branch of the family with singular personalities.

Ignored by the history of art, these women were collectors, builders, patrons and heirs, who contributed significantly to the enrichment of France's historical heritage and museum collections through their considerable donations and legacies. The exhibition will trace the tastes and personalities of these exceptional women over an area of more than 2,000 m². Sometimes very independent, sometimes in the shadow of their husbands, they played an important role in the history of art, history, society and even in the lives of the artists of their time.

Through a selection of more than 200 works from some forty French institutions and private collections, the exhibition will take you on a journey of works from all periods and all horizons. On your way, you will encounter great artists such as Fragonard, Chardin, Delacroix, Cézanne, Claudel, Rodin, Klimt and Monet, as well as medieval manuscripts, paintings from the Italian Renaissance, collections of jewellery and porcelain, and objects of African and Far Eastern art. All these works of art bear witness to the history of taste and collecting in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Curator: Vincent Pomarède, General Curator of Heritage and Deputy General Administrator of the Louvre Museum, Fanny Moens, Curator at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Liège (Musée de la Boverie) and Pauline Prevost Marcilhacy, Doctor of Art History, Paris Sorbonne Paris IV and lecturer at the University of Lille.

Visual: Reynold Arnould, Portrait of Alix de Rothschild, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen (inv. 82.1.1) © Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen, photo Patricia Touzard

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