Musée d'Orsay: The role of the sponsor

The role of the sponsor

The role of the sponsor

Glass enclosure for the restoration of Courbet’s The Artist’s Studio, built with the generous support of Saint-Gobain© Musée d'Orsay / Sophie Crépy
Sponsorship is part of the groundbreaking and dynamic restoration policy of the Musées d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie. Although the central objective is to protect, conserve and enhance French cultural heritage, involving all members of the public is also part of the museum’s commitments.

The generous support of sponsors has made it possible to carry out major restoration projects in public, such as Gustave Courbet’s The Artist’s Studio and Louis Baader’s Remorse. This will continue in 2016 with The Women of Gaul by Auguste-Barthélémy Glaize and Adolf Schreyer’s Charge of Artillery of Imperial Guard in Traktir, Crimea, 16 August 1855.
Such initiatives aim to raise visitor awareness by developing an ambitious programme of mediation, in particular explaining the techniques, expertise and skills of the restorers.

With this in mind, sponsorship looks to both companies and individuals who wish to confirm their commitment to safeguarding the heritage of France.
The successful crowdfunding operation partly financed the restoration of The Artist’s Studio.

Young Talent Initiative

The "Young Talent" initiative, supported by the Crédit Agricole d'Ile-de-France and the Fondation du Crédit Agricole - Pays de France, is central to the restoration policy for large and medium format Academic paintings, established by the Musée d'Orsay in 2016. This approach directly reflects the mutualist values of responsibility and solidarity of our sponsors, as well as the commitments of the museum to the restoration programme and to young visitors.

One of the aims of this initiative is to give students trained in the artistic professions the opportunity for a unique experience working alongside curators and restorers at the Musée d'Orsay. Institutions based in the Ile-de-France region, like the INP, will be able to take advantage of this initiative to support the transition from academic training to the professional world.

One of these "young talents" recounts "I had the chance to take advantage of this programme in a renowned institution like the Musée d'Orsay. I was able, throughout these weeks, to observe the paintings restorers working on masterpieces from the collection. The knowledge I gained in this programme, ranging from restoration techniques to the principles of public tendering will be of use to me throughout my future professional life."

In addition, the museum is organising a Masterclass on the restoration of the painting Charge of Artillery of the Imperial Guard in Traktir in Crimea, 16 August 1855 by Adolf Schreyer. This brand new initiative aims to take students from training courses linked to art restoration and show them what goes on behind the scenes in this special profession. In the course of this work experience, the students will have the opportunity to assist the restorers in their work on the canvases, and to further their knowledge of the subject and the techniques involved.


The Musée d'Orsay offers its warmest thanks to all its sponsors for their strong commitment and their enthusiasm which have contributed to the restoration of iconic artworks:



Sponsors of the restoration of medium and large format Academic paintings

Sponsors and Partners of the Restoration of Courbet’s The Artist’s Studio

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