Pierre Rosenberg

Former Louvre Director Plans to Donate Collection to Town in Northern France

Gareth Harris reports in the Art Newspaper that Pierre Rosenberg, who served as director of the Louvre from 1994 until 2001, has announced his intention to donate his collection of paintings and drawings dating from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries to Les Andelys, a town in the Normandy region of France. Rosenberg’s holdings include around eight hundred paintings and more than three thousand drawings. His archive will also be included in the gift.

In response, the town council has backed plans to turn a care home known as l’Hotel de Penthièvre (Hôpital Saint-Jacques) into a museum and research center to house the collection. The new space will focus on the seventeenth-century French painter Nicolas Poussin, who was born in Andelys. Rosenberg is considered an expert on Poussin. Local and regional authorities will fund the venue; a feasibility study for the project will be released next September.

Guillaume Kientz, a curator of paintings at the Louvre, will oversee the initiative.