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'Become a Patron!' campaigns

Launched in 2010 to purchase The Three Graces by Lucas Cranach for the Louvre collections, Become a Patron! campaigns have become a major annual event. Each year, several thousand people contribute to the conservation or acquisition of important works of art such as The Winged Victory of Samothrace in 2013, the Breteuil Table (also known as the Teschen Table) in 2015, Saly's Cupid in 2016, the mastaba of Akhethotep in 2017, King Francois I's Book of Hours in 2018, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel in 2019 and the  Apollo Kitharoidos in 2020. Your commitment to the Louvre is vital.


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Campagne de don "La Grande Allée des Tuileries" 

En 2020, grâce à la mobilisation et la générosité de plus de 4 500 donateurs, le musée du Louvre a rassemblé 1 million d’euros pour restaurer la Grande Allée des Tuileries.

Nous vous remercions infiniment pour cette formidable mobilisation qui témoigne, cette année encore, de la volonté du public de prendre part, à la hauteur de ses moyens, aux projets de restauration et de préservation du patrimoine national.

Le musée du Louvre remercie également chaleureusement la Société des Amis du Louvre, Parfums Christian Dior et Moët Hennessy.


Acquisition campaign: "Apollo Kitharoidos"

In 2020, more than 6,600 donators helped bring the Apollo Kitharoidos into the national collections.

This large bronze statuette dating to the 2nd or 1st century BC is a superb depiction of Apollo, the Greek god of the arts, male beauty and light. It was likely used to decorate a Roman villa on the outskirts of Pompeii destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The Apollo survived and lay buried beneath the volcanic ashes, which saved it from a second form of destruction as most ancient bronzes were melted down from Antiquity to the Middle Ages for their metal. Its addition to the Louvre collections offered visitors the opportunity to view this extremely rare and remarkably preserved ancient masterpiece for the very first time. It is now on display in room 412 (Denon wing, Level 0) in the Roman Antiquities collection.

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Campagne de dons "Apollon citharède"

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Fundraising campaign: Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

In 2019, thanks to the generosity of more than 4,500 donors, funding for a major conservation project was secured for the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel. The Musée du Louvre wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to all those who contributed.

Over two centuries ago, the greatest architects, sculptors and craftsmen of the French Empire joined forces to create this monumental triumphal arch for the Tuileries palace complex. Their efforts resulted in a sumptuous but fragile masterpiece that was now in need of conservation treatment.  The project included cleaning the facings and decorations, reinforcing the ironwork, and restoring sculptures or replacing them in case of damage caused by exposure over time. 

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Campagne de dons "Arc du Carrousel"

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Acquisition campaign: François I’s Book of Hours

In 2018, more than 8,500 donors helped bring a royal treasure back home: François I’s Book of Hours.

Purchased by the royal patron in 1538, King François I’s Book of Hours is a dazzling masterpiece of the French Renaissance. Today listed in France as a ‘National Treasure’, it is a work that is unparalleled in French or foreign public collections and is a unique vestige of the House of Valois’ treasures, which were dispersed in their entirety in the late 16th century. It is now on display in room 515 (Richelieu wing, Level 1) in the Department of Decorative Arts.

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Campagne de dons "Livre d'heures"

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Fundraising campaign: mastaba of Akhethotep

Thanks to the generosity of more than 3,700 donors, the Musée du Louvre raised €670,000 to help restore the chapel of the tomb of Akhethotep. Heartfelt thanks go out to all the donors for helping to bring this ancient Egyptian treasure back to life at the Louvre.

The Louvre is proud to present the newly-renovated chapel at the heart of its collections, bringing the world one of the most stunning monuments from ancient Egypt.

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Campagne de dons "Chapelle du mastaba d'Akhethétep"

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Acquisition campaign: Jacques Saly’s "Cupid"

Jacques Saly’s Cupid Testing One of His Arrows is considered a marvel of French sculpture and the artist’s uncontested masterpiece. Thanks to the generosity of more than 4,300 donors, this work joined the national collections in 2016.

The rediscovery of this stunning work, kept in private hands for more than two centuries and listed as a French National Treasure, presented the unique opportunity to show the world the piece that completed the unparalleled sculpture collection of the Marquise de Pompadour. This acquisition brought a major work of French art into the national collections, paying homage to an artist celebrated in his own day as on par with the titans of his craft


Acquisition campaign: Jacques Saly’s "Cupid"

Jacques Saly’s Cupid Testing One of His Arrows is considered a marvel of French sculpture and the artist’s uncontested masterpiece. Thanks to the generosity of more than 4,300 donors, this work joined the national collections in 2016.

The rediscovery of this stunning work, kept in private hands for more than two centuries and listed as a French National Treasure, presented the unique opportunity to show the world the piece that completed the unparalleled sculpture collection of the Marquise de Pompadour. This acquisition brought a major work of French art into the national collections, paying homage to an artist celebrated in his own day as on par with the titans of his craft

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Campagne de dons "Amour de Saly"

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Acquisition campaign: "Teschen Table"

The property of the Breteuil family since its creation in 1779, the Teschen Table is a masterpiece of 18th-century decorative arts. Its acquisition presented the unique opportunity to keep in France a masterpiece whose symbolic, historical and artistic dimensions perfectly embody the Louvre’s vocation as a national museum. Thanks to the generosity of more than 4,500 donors, this stunning table found a fitting home in the new rooms at the Louvre dedicated to 18th-century decorative arts.


Acquisition campaign: "Teschen Table"

The property of the Breteuil family since its creation in 1779, the Teschen Table is a masterpiece of 18th-century decorative arts. Its acquisition presented the unique opportunity to keep in France a masterpiece whose symbolic, historical and artistic dimensions perfectly embody the Louvre’s vocation as a national museum. Thanks to the generosity of more than 4,500 donors, this stunning table found a fitting home in the new rooms at the Louvre dedicated to 18th-century decorative arts.

List of donors

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Campagne de dons "Table de Teschen"

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Fundraising campaign: "Winged Victory"

In 2013, the Musée du Louvre made a call for donations to carry out conservation treatment on one of the world’s most unique art treasures: The Winged Victory of Samothrace. More than 6,700 people participated, giving this spectacular monument of Greek sculpture a breath of fresh air. Heartfelt thanks go out to all those who made a donation.

Discovered in Samothrace in 1863, this Hellenistic sculpture of the goddess who heralds victory is one of the most iconic artworks of the Louvre collections. The conservation project aimed to redress the monument’s structural issues and restore the original hues to the marble of the statue and its boat-shaped base.   


Fundraising campaign: "Winged Victory"

In 2013, the Musée du Louvre made a call for donations to carry out conservation treatment on one of the world’s most unique art treasures: The Winged Victory of Samothrace. More than 6,700 people participated, giving this spectacular monument of Greek sculpture a breath of fresh air. Heartfelt thanks go out to all those who made a donation.

Discovered in Samothrace in 1863, this Hellenistic sculpture of the goddess who heralds victory is one of the most iconic artworks of the Louvre collections. The conservation project aimed to redress the monument’s structural issues and restore the original hues to the marble of the statue and its boat-shaped base.   

List of donors

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Campagne de dons "Victoire de Samothrace"

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Acquisition campaign: Medieval ivories

In October 2012, the Musée du Louvre appealed to the generosity of donors to acquire two medieval statuettes listed as National Treasures. Six months later, Saint Jean and The Synagogue joined the museum’s collections thanks to 4,500 donations. The museum extends its heartfelt thanks for their generosity!

These two figures, once thought lost or destroyed, were the only missing pieces of a Gothic masterpiece. The seven ivory statuettes that make up Descent from the Cross are remarkable for their exquisite craftsmanship, exceptional state of preservation and dramatic tour de force.  The complete work is on display in room 503 (Richelieu wing, Level 1) of the Department of Decorative Arts.


Acquisition campaign: Medieval ivories

In October 2012, the Musée du Louvre appealed to the generosity of donors to acquire two medieval statuettes listed as National Treasures. Six months later, Saint Jean and The Synagogue joined the museum’s collections thanks to 4,500 donations. The museum extends its heartfelt thanks for their generosity!

These two figures, once thought lost or destroyed, were the only missing pieces of a Gothic masterpiece. The seven ivory statuettes that make up Descent from the Cross are remarkable for their exquisite craftsmanship, exceptional state of preservation and dramatic tour de force.  The complete work is on display in room 503 (Richelieu wing, Level 1) of the Department of Decorative Arts.

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Campagne de dons "Ivoires"

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Fundraising campaign: Treasures of Cairo

The Louvre extends heartfelt thanks to the generous donors who made it possible for conservation treatment to be carried out on the two treasures of Cairo.

These two architectural works, spectacular in size and finesse, long lay dormant in the Louvre’s reserves: a monumental, four-metre high Mamlouk porch from the 15th century, and an 18th-century mashrabiya surmounted with stained glass, a stunning example of Ottoman civil architecture. Some 2,000 donors helped the conservation project, allowing for these treasures to be installed for the inauguration of the Department of Islamic Arts in October 2012.


Fundraising campaign: Treasures of Cairo

The Louvre extends heartfelt thanks to the generous donors who made it possible for conservation treatment to be carried out on the two treasures of Cairo.

These two architectural works, spectacular in size and finesse, long lay dormant in the Louvre’s reserves: a monumental, four-metre high Mamlouk porch from the 15th century, and an 18th-century mashrabiya surmounted with stained glass, a stunning example of Ottoman civil architecture. Some 2,000 donors helped the conservation project, allowing for these treasures to be installed for the inauguration of the Department of Islamic Arts in October 2012.

Liste des donateurs

Liste des donateurs

Campagne de dons Trésors du Caire"

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Acquisition campaign: The Three Grace

In late 2010, the Louvre launched an unprecedented donation campaign to acquire a Renaissance masterpiece: The Three Graces by Lucas Cranach the Elder. Indeed, such a rare painting of exquisite craftsmanship and perfect state of conservation warranted an ambitious effort on the part of the museum. Thanks to the support of 7,200 donors, the work is now on display for all to see at the Louvre. Heartfelt thanks go out to all those who made a donation.

An extraordinary work by the German Renaissance master, the painting was in private hands before the Louvre acquired it and had never before been shown in public. It is now on display in room 810 (Richelieu wing, Level 2) of the Louvre’s Department of Paintings.


Acquisition campaign: The Three Grace

In late 2010, the Louvre launched an unprecedented donation campaign to acquire a Renaissance masterpiece: The Three Graces by Lucas Cranach the Elder. Indeed, such a rare painting of exquisite craftsmanship and perfect state of conservation warranted an ambitious effort on the part of the museum. Thanks to the support of 7,200 donors, the work is now on display for all to see at the Louvre. Heartfelt thanks go out to all those who made a donation.

An extraordinary work by the German Renaissance master, the painting was in private hands before the Louvre acquired it and had never before been shown in public. It is now on display in room 810 (Richelieu wing, Level 2) of the Louvre’s Department of Paintings.

List of donors

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Campagne de dons "Les Trois Grâces"

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