La Sauvegarde de l’Art Français

La Sauvegarde de l’Art Français

Created in 1921, under the impetus of Edouard Mortier, Duke of Treviso, in order to rescue French national heritage, threatened with abandonment and destruction.  It is one of the first organizations in France to be involved with heritage conservation.

Commonly called “the Safeguarding”, it has devoted itself to the transmission of religious heritage, mainly churches and rural chapels, throughout France.

The Foundation for the Safeguarding of French Art brings the help of recognized expertise and financial assistance to the public or private owners of buildings in danger.  They also promote heritage among everyone by promoting scientific research and the publication of specialized works.

They have embarked on a campaign in favour of the “Largest museum in France: the movable treasures of our municipalities”. It mobilizes students, employees within their company, art lovers, and high school students to work towards safeguarding their religious heritage.

Their main activities are:

  • Saving buildings in danger

Each year, the Foundation allocates an average of 1 million euros for the restoration of nearly a hundred buildings, responding to the request of their owners, municipalities, or associations mandated by them.

  • Saving endangered works of art

The Safeguarding action in favour of movable heritage is the object of its campaign “The Greatest Museum in France, the treasures of our towns”, for the benefit of paintings, sculptures, tapestries, fabrics, works of art…

  • Promoting and appreciating the wonders of our regions

All of the work done by the organization relies mainly on the voluntary aid from which it benefits, throughout all of France. Volunteers are local correspondents and watchmen who are alert to threats and try to face them.  They are also the friends and patrons of the preservation actions of the organization who make donations to it. These people are represented on its board of directors.

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