Pierre Rosenberg

Pierre Rosenberg
Born Pierre Max Rosenberg
(1936-04-13) April 13, 1936
Paris, France
Nationality French
Education École du Louvre
Occupation Art historian
Spouse(s) Béatrice de Rothschild (m. 1981)
Relatives Alain 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

Although born in Paris, Rosenberg grew up in Lot-et-Garonne and Gironde in southwestern France.[1] 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.[2]

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.


On 21 October 1999, Rosenberg was awarded the honor of 2nd Class, Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.[3]

In 1995, he was awarded the Prize XVIIe for his Catalogue raisonné des dessins de Poussin, published in Milan.

Personal life

In 1981, Rosenberg married Béatrice de Rothschild, the daughter of the late Alain de Rothschild.[4] This was Béatrice's second marriage; she married Armand Angliviel de la Beaumelle in 1962, but Armand died only two years later.


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Preceded by
Michel Laclotte
Musée du Louvre

1994 – 2001
Succeeded by
Henri Loyrette
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