Showcasing a rare collection

2/8/2011 - Arts

In partnership with Editions Artulis and the Louvre Museum, the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations pay tribute to the renowned collection of Baron Edmond James de Rothschild.

Following the 2009 success of a special edition for bibliophiles of Alfred Dreyfus’ Cahiers de l’île du Diable, the Foundations Edmond de Rothschild and publishing house Artulis have embarked on a new project. They have designed a beautifully crafted book to honor the universal masterpieces that make up the famous collection that belonged to Baron Edmond de Rothschild, great grandfather of the current chairman of the Edmond de Rothschild Group.

Baron Edmond de Rothschild was an astute collector who developed a keen interest in fi ne prints and engravings from the age of 14. Throughout his lifetime, he ceaselessly built up his art collection, which speaks eloquently of his remarkable discernment, both historical and aesthetic. Encompassing works from the late 14th century to the late 18th century, this veritable museum of engravings represents an invaluable contribution to fulfi lling the Louvre Museum’s national and universal mission.

In 1934, the heirs of Edmond de Rothschild decided to donate his collection to the Louvre, upholding the very sprit that inspired the Baron: a wish to help preserve the greatest works of human ingenuity for future generations. Their decision also led to the creation of a specialized department devoted to these works – the Prints and Drawings Department, comprised of the collection of drawings, the Baron Edmond de Rothschild Collection and the collection of engraved plates of the Louvre Museum.