South of Paris / Sud de Paris
CHÂTEAU DE FONTAINEBLEAU A King and his Castle Un roi et son château
The Chateau of Fontainebleau is devoting an exhibition to one of its illustrious sovereign inhabitants, King LouisPhilippe. The exhibition, entitled Louis-philippe in Fontainebleau, the King and History, brings together some 200 works to portray King Louis-philippe as well as a fundamental period in the history of one of the country’s great castles, Fontainebleau. He would ascend to the throne in July of 1830, this king who loved history and architecture and who with his master architect Eugène Dubreuil would undertake an ambitious programme of renovating and restoring the royal residences. Fontainebleau would quickly become one of his favourite homes and he would visit the castle no less than 50 times during his reign, which lasted from 1830 to 1848, alternating journeys of the court, family stays, visits to the work sites and official receptions. The king’s ambition for Fontainebleau was to make the residence of his ancestors as prestigious as it was comfortable.
The exhibition is being held in the Grands Appartements of the formidable castle and initially introduces the visitor to life at the court of this king whose reign was known as the July Monarchy. Portraits, tales from guests, theatre programmes, ceremonial jewels all evoke the return of splendour to the monarchy at the castle in particular with the marriage of the crown prince there in 1837. The second part of the show, through restoration projects, presents the Fontainebleau of Louis-philippe, enabling the visitor to discover or re-discover the emblematic places within the castle like the Galerie François I and the ballroom.