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A new home for Raphael, Michelangelo, Dürer, Rembrandt and Delacroix: Domaine de Chantilly

25 March, 2017 - 26 March, 2017

On the 24 March 2017, the Domaine de Chantilly will inaugurate its prints and drawings gallery. Five rooms, decorated in a magnificent period style, have been restored and will now serve as the backdrop for some remarkable exhibitions, showcasing the variety and wealth of the Musée Condé’s drawing, print and photography collections. A range of masterpieces, some of which have never been exhibited to the public, may be seen here over the course of the Museum’s three exhibitions per year.

Famous for its painting collection and its library, the Musée Condé also boasts an exceptional graphic arts and photography collection, made up of over 3,600 drawings, 5,000 prints and 1,900 nineteenth-century photographs. Works by some of the greatest Italian, French and Northern painters, from the Renaissance to the 19th century (Raphael, Michelangelo, Dürer, Clouet, Rembrandt, Poussin, Watteau, Delacroix, etc.), will now have their own dedicated exhibition space, located on the ground floor of the Petit Château Renaissance.

Following a year of restoration work under the watchful eye of Pierre-Antoine Gatier, head architect with the Monuments historiques (heritage trust), these five rooms, open for the first time to the public, have been restored to their former glory: 19th-century colour schemes and decoration (parquet floors, woodwork, chandeliers, mantelpieces, lintels and curtains). The intimate atmosphere of these former bedrooms of guest and relatives of the Duc d’Aumale’s have been wonderfully renovated thanks to a painstaking restoration campaign. The elegant museography designed by licensed architect, Davide Sicilia, shows off the works in all their splendour, all the
while respecting strict conservation norms.

For its inaugural exhibition, the new prints and drawings gallery take visitors on a journey from Venice to Florence, tracing the emergence of the Italian Renaissance in the 1500s, a time of intense artistic innovation sparked by leading artists, up until the stylistic upheaval defined by Vasari as maniera moderna, which would last until the end of the century. Forty-five exceptional drawings from the Duc d’Aumale Collection illustrate the extent to which the Masters of the Italian Renaissance explored the expressive potential of drawing, a fundamental medium at that time. The public can view works coming from the various artistic hubs throughout Italy: Venice and Veneto, Bologna and Emilia-Romagna, Florence and Tuscany. Encompassing the debate between Venetian colour and Florentine design, the exhibition allows audiences to gain an insight into the aesthetic evolutions of the time and the artists’ openness to new techniques and styles.

It is a unique opportunity to admire rarely seen works by Giovanni Bellini, Il Pordenone, Michelangelo, Fra Bartolomeo, Baccio Bandinelli and Parmigianino, all within the prestigious setting of the new prints and drawings gallery at Chantilly.

Top Image: Saint Martin on horseback dividing  his cloak, Il Pordenone, circa 1528, © RMN-Grand Palais (Domaine de Chantilly) / Michel rtado 


25 March, 2017
26 March, 2017
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Domaine de Chantilly
7 rue du Connétable
Chantilly, 60500 France
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