A New Ve­nue / Un nou­vel es­pace d’ex­po­si­tion

GREATER PARIS - - [Contents] Sommaire - By Pa­tri­cia Va­li­cen­ti

The Con­dé Mu­seum of the Domain of Chantilly inau­gu­rates its Ca­bi­net d’arts Gra­phiques on March 24, gi­ving the mu­seum a new space de­vo­ted to the gra­phic arts. The inau­gu­ral ex­hi­bi­tion, en­tit­led L’epa­nouis­se­ment de la Re­nais­sance (The Blos­so­ming of the Re­nais­sance), show­cases ra­re­ly ex­hi­bi­ted works by ma­jor ar­tists of this per­iod in­clu­ding Bel­li­ni, Mi­che­lan­ge­lo and Fra Bar­to­lo­meo. The ex­hi­bi­tion of­fers a high­ly vi­sual jour­ney from Ve­nice to Flo­rence on the roads of the flou­ri­shing Re­nais­sance in the 1500s, a time of in­tense ar­tis­tic in­no­va­tion. For­ty-five ex­cep­tio­nal works are on dis­play ema­na­ting from the re­fi­ned col­lec­tion of dra­wings amas­sed by the Duke of Au­male at Chantilly. The jour­ney from Ve­nice and the Ve­ne­to to Bo­lo­gna and Emi­lia- Ro­ma­na, Flo­rence and Tus­ca­ny de­mons­trates how the Italian Re­nais­sance put to use all of the ex­pres­sive pro­per­ties of the fun­da­men­tal art of dra­wing.

Ce­le­bra­ted for its col­lec­tion of pain­tings and its li­bra­ry, the Con­dé Mu­seum al­so pos­sesses an ex­cep­tio­nal col­lec­tion of gra­phic arts and pho­to­graphs with over 3600 dra­wings, 5000 en­gra­vings and 1900 pho­to­graphs from the 19th cen­tu­ry by ma­jor Italian, French and Nor­dic ar­tists. The new Ca­bi­net des Arts Gra­phiques is hou­sed in five rooms that have been res­to­red to their 19th cen­tu­ry de­co­ra­tive glo­ry and are being ope­ned to the pu­blic for the first time. The rooms with their par­quet floors, wood­work, fi­re­place de­co­ra­tions and chan­de­liers were for­mer­ly the guest rooms for friends and re­la­tives of the Duke d’au­male.

Tem­po­ra­ry Ex­hi­bi­tion from March 24 through to Au­gust 20 Rue du Con­né­table, 60500 Chantilly, 03 44 27 31 80 www.do­mai­ne­de­chan­tilly.com

Hen­ri d’or­leans, the Duke of Au­male, was the fifth son of one of the last kings of France, Louis- Phi­lippe. It was back in 1830 that he in­he­ri­ted the Domain of Chantilly and be­come one of the most si­gni­fi­cant lan­dow­ners in France. Collector, sta­tes­man and

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