Réunion des Musées Nationaux

Edgar Degas, Dancer bending, 1881-1883, Photographer: Christian Jean, Musée d'Orsay. Image and original data provided by Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, N.Y.

The Réunion des Musées Nationaux (RMN) has contributed more than 14,000 images of works from French national museums to the Artstor Digital Library, in collaboration with Art Resource. The selection in Artstor presents diverse works of art, European, Asian, African and Oceanic, as well as decorative arts from antiquity to the 20th century. It includes iconic works from the most respected museums in the country: from the ancient Victory at Samothrace (Louvre) to a contemporary installation by Ernesto Neto (Centre Pompidou). The participating institutions comprise the major repositories in and around Paris, such as: Musée du Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, the Musée National d'Art Moderne — Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée de l'Orangerie des Tuileries, Musée des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon, Musée des Arts Asiatiques — Guimet, Musée du Quai Branly, Musée du Moyen Âge — Thermes de Cluny, among many others. Numerous regional museums are also represented.

The Réunion des Musées Nationaux (officially the RMN and the Grand Palais) is a consortium of about 20 museums under the trusteeship of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. The organization partners with cultural institutions and exhibition venues to acquire works of art, organize exhibitions, publish catalogs and monographs, distribute editorial and commercial products, and promote collections. The Agence photographique de la Réunion des Musées Nationaux produces the inventory of the French museums’ permanent collections (along with some key international repositories) and conducts annual photographic campaigns on behalf of museums and other institutions. It is the leading photo agency in France and one of the top ten in the world in the field of visual arts and museums.

Art Resource is the exclusive representative for RMN in North America and it is the world’s largest stock photo archive of fine art, serving as the principal source of images for commercial and scholarly publications in the United States.