Friday, November 23, 2012

Bibliothèque nationale de France examines the life of the Rothschilds in the 19th century

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A man looks at a painting displayed as part of the exhibition "The Rothschilds in France in the 19th century" at the Bibliotheque nationale de France (BnF) in Paris, two days ahead of the event's opening. The exhibition proposes to discover a wide variety of paintings, objets d’art, books, illustrations, photographs, documents from archives and collections of the Rothschild family, from the BnF and from several French institutions. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT.

PARIS (AFP).- The exhibition focuses on the Rothschild story and the enlightened financiers of the 19th century. As the head of the family in France, James de Rothschild is at the centre of the display. Close to two hundred items are presented: manuscripts, outstanding paintings, archive photographs and documents. They illustrate the family’s way of life – their houses, works of art and vintage wines – as well as banking activities and family-owned industrial enterprises. The exhibition also shows how James de Rothschild, a philanthropist and cultural patron, also influenced economic and financial affairs in Europe. James, one of the five Rothschild brothers from Frankfurt, arrived in Paris in 1812. His talent in financial affairs soon made him one of the main protagonists in the world of high finance. Inspired by him, bankers from all over the world made Paris a financial hub and a prominent ... More

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