Les Amis du Louvre, leading patron of the Apollo Kitharoidos
The Société des Amis du Louvre has announced that they will be making an exceptional donation of €3.5 million towards the acquisition of the Apollo Kitharoidos.
With over 60,000 members, the Société des Amis du Louvre is currently one of the leading private patrons of the museum and defends a unique model of collective patronage that relies on the generosity of a vast group of art lovers.
Since its creation in 1897, the Amis du Louvre have enriched the various departments of the museum with nearly 850 masterpieces to make the French artistic heritage accessible and share it with as many people as possible. Many of these donations are considered among the Louvre’s greatest masterpieces: The Pietà of Avignon, The Turkish Bath by Ingres, Saint Francis of Rome by Nicolas Poussin, and Empress Eugenie’s Bow Brooch.
Since 2016, the Société des Amis du Louvre has actively pursued a patronage policy to enrich the Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities. In 2016, the Amis du Louvre voted to contribute €600,000 over five years to help finance the Louvre excavation on the site of Gabii near Rome. In 2017, they gifted the museum with a Head of Pompey from the 1st century BC, acquired for the sum of €1.3 million through the support of one of its generous donors, Ms. Christiane Vissuzaine. In 2019, they made an exceptional donation of €3.5 million towards the Musée du Louvre’s acquisition of the Apollo Kitharoidos, made possible by the bequests of Ms. Colette Buissou and Ms. Christiane Fabre.
Since 2009, the Société des Amis du Louvre has been a long-standing partner of the Become a Patron! fundraising campaigns, appealing to the generosity of its members and offering an Amis du Louvre card for all donations over €350.