Pierre Rosenberg

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Pierre Rosenberg
Pierre Max Rosenberg

(1936-04-13) 13 April 1936 (age 83)
EducationÉcole du Louvre
OccupationArt historian
Béatrice de Rothschild (m. 1981)
RelativesAlain de Rothschild (father-in-law)
Éric de Rothschild (brother-in-law)

Pierre Max Rosenberg OMRI (born 13 April 1936 in Paris) is a French art historian, curator, and professor. Rosenberg is the honorary president a director of the Musée du Louvre in Paris, and since 1995, he has held the 23rd seat of the Académie française. He was Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Cambridge in 1987.

Early life[edit]

Although born to a Jewish family[1] in Paris, Rosenberg grew up in Lot-et-Garonne and Gironde in southwestern France.[2] He attended high school at the Lycée Charlemagne in Paris. He continued on to the École du Louvre, where he earned a law degree. In 1961, he was awarded the Henri Focillon Fellowship to study for one year at Yale University.


In 1962, Rosenberg joined the Department of Paintings at the Musée du Louvre as an assistant curator. In 1977, he was invited to study at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. In 1987, he became Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Cambridge. After his promotion to curator, he later became director of the museum in October 1994 and served at this post until 13 April 2001.

On 7 December 1995, Rosenberg was elected to the Académie française, replacing Henri Gouhier. He is also an honorary member of the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno of Florence.[3]

Throughout his career, Rosenberg has published monographs on numerous seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century French artists including Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, Jacques-Louis David, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Laurent de La Hyre, Georges de La Tour, the Le Nain brothers, Jean-François Pierre Peyron, Nicolas Poussin, and Jean-Antoine Watteau.


Personal life[edit]

In 1981, Rosenberg married Béatrice de Rothschild, the daughter of the late Alain de Rothschild.[5] This was Béatrice's second marriage; she married Armand Angliviel de la Beaumelle in 1962, but Armand died only two years later. He was the stepfather of Marie Angliviel de la Beaumelle.


  • Chardin, 1699–1779, 1979, ISBN 978-0910386487
  • France in the Golden Age: Seventeenth-Century French Paintings in American Collections, 1982, ISBN 978-0870992957
  • Fragonard, 1988, ISBN 978-0810909212
  • Collab. with Renaud Temperini, Poussin : « Je n'ai rien négligé », collection Découvertes Gallimard (n° 233), 1994, ISBN 2070532690
  • Collab. with Hélène Prigent, Chardin : La nature silencieuse, collection Découvertes Gallimard (n° 377), 1999, ISBN 2070534847
  • Chardin, 2000, ISBN 978-0300083484
  • From Drawing to Painting: Poussin, Watteau, Fragonard, David, and Ingres, 2000, ISBN 978-0691009186
  • Only in America: 100 European Masterpieces in American Museums, 2006, ISBN 978-8876246623


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Preceded by
Michel Laclotte
Musée du Louvre

Succeeded by
Henri Loyrette